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another two weeks of lag time to account for processing before Medicare reimbursement cuts take place—or the SGR is repealed—according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.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