AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay
The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped ...Read More
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In February, Ochsner Health System inked a two-year deal to manage Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., in a continuation of a national trend that has seen growing numbers of small hospitals seek outside expertise.
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|AMA Pushes for ICD-10 Stoppage or Delay|
The first rule of marketing is to make sure you have a clear message. For the American Medical Association leadership, their position on the impending ICD-10 conversion could not be more straightforward … they want to see it stopped.
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|NPP Demand Rising Under Value-Based Care Models|
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|Hospitals sue Medicare over 'two-nights' rule|
The Einstein Healthcare Network joined in two civil lawsuits against Medicare administrators alleging that a new rule on what qualifies as an inpatient hospital admission is arbitrary and should be dropped and that a related 0.2 percent cut in Medicare payments to hospitals should be revoked. The rule, adopted in August by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says that a patient has to be in the hospital at midnight on two consecutive days for the hospital to receive an inpatient payment rate. If the patient does not stay in the hospital past the second midnight, into a third day, hospitals are stuck with the outpatient payment - about a third of what they would receive for an inpatient. Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:44 am CDT
|Coding for Both a Preventive Service and Problem-oriented Visit|
Posted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:29 pm CDT
Sometimes patients show up for preventive care and an urgent problem. Should you eat the cost for one service? Or bill for both?
|Lack of Role Clarity Damages the Physician, Manager Relationship|
Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:49 am CDT
Clear and well-respected boundaries between medical practice managers and physicians are essential. Here's how to better define them.
|Big Brother Comes to Medicare: CMS Fingerprinting Protocols Begin|
Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:45 am CDT
New rules will now require Medicare enrollees who are classified as “high risk,” to subject themselves to fingerprint-based background checks.
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|Sebelius allies doubt Senate run|
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