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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals: ...Read More

 



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Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals | Louisiana Hospital Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Partnership for Patients initiative, Hospital Engagement Network, Ken Alexander, Michelle Smith, quality improvement specialists
Hospitals Crush Quality Improvement Program Goals

In early 2012, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Partnership for Patients initiative, it had two major goals:


 
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue | Code 99490, CMS, eQHealth, chronic disease management, Medicare, reimbursement
New Medicare Code Offers Promise, Revenue

A new reimbursement code for chronically ill Medicare patients could allow the typical primary care physician to bill an estimated $250,000 a year.


 
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By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer | Cancer, Oncology, Cancer Death Rates, Mortality Rates, American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015, Lung Cancer, Breast, Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Margaret Foti, Julie Fleshman, John Seffrin, Precision Medicine Initiative
By the Numbers: The Latest Stats on Cancer

Death rates down, more work awaits

As the ‘official sponsor of birthdays,’ the American Cancer Society (ACS) found a reason to rejoice in their latest report – Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.


 
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Personalized Messaging

A marketing manifesto

With better understanding of the human genome, physicians and researchers have opened up exciting new lines of personalized medicine where providers deliver radiation with pinpoint accuracy and tailor treatments to fit a patient’s unique needs.


 
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PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Teresa King

Working Like a Dog

Dr. Teresa King has always been an animal lover. Growing up, she rode and showed horses as a hobby.


 
In The News

March 2015
Brief business news items from the local healthcare community.
 



SGR: Medicare Processing Will Forestall Cuts

Physicians will have at least another two weeks of lag time to account for processing before Medicare reimbursement cuts take place—or the SGR is repealed—according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:16 am CDT

Two-Midnight Rule Enforcement Freeze Extension Pending

Medicare's standard for delineating outpatient vs. inpatient status at hospitals won't be in full force until the end of September if a bill to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula is passed next month.

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:09 am CDT

Revenue Cycle Exchange: 3 Big Ideas

Nearly two dozen revenue cycle executives, invited by HealthLeaders Media, shared insights on a wide range of hospital and health system billing and collection issues including CDI, data integrity, and the role of the patient.

Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 7:05 am CDT

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Use Denials to Boost Medical Practice Revenue
You can boost your payment stream significantly by using rejected claims as a learning opportunity. Here's how. Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

Two ICD-10 Prep Tips for Practices
Think coding is hard now? ICD-10 will require far greater specificity and documentation. Here are two ways to start preparing. Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

Five Ways to Improve Coding at Your Medical Practice
If you're looking to combat rising business costs at your medical practice your best bet is effective coding. Here's how to get started. Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 pm CDT

Ernst offers bill to improve veterans' access to mental healthcare
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has introduced legislation to strengthen veterans' mental healthcare by making it easier to get help outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs.The proposal would amend the Veterans’ Access, Choice, and Accountability Act... Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 5:20 pm CDT

Doctors allegedly offered free shoes in $7M plot to defraud Medicaid
Nearly a dozen doctors in New York City are facing felony charges for allegedly baiting poor people to take unneeded tests with the promise of free shoes.A total of 23 defendants, including nine doctors, were charged with running a $7 million... Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:20 pm CDT

GOP senator: Medicare deal must be offset
A freshman Republican senator is urging GOP Senate leadership to take a tougher stand on the House Medicare “doc fix” deal, highlighting an split within the party that could hold up the bill’s passage.Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) sent a letter to Senate... Posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 3:41 pm CDT