HBMA Testifies On Health Plan IDs

A non-profit, educational resource and advocacy group, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA) recently participated in a hearing, which was conducted by the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS). HBMA actually represents third-party billing professionals and medical billers. The Government Relations Committee Member of HBMA, Dave Nicholson also went on to submit…

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Congress Announces Bipartisan Agreement On $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The Congress has declared a new bipartisan agreement on a compilation of appropriations Bill used to support the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Since the previous year, the Congress has been actively involved in passing short-term Continuing Resolutions (CR) for funding the government. A recently passed CR has expired and the Congress…

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CMS Publishes Final Rule For Stabilizing ACA Exchange Marketplaces

It seemed that Tom Price was eager to oversee the transition of the government away from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he was elected as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Additionally, reports also indicated that he also wanted to implement a new act to replace the ACA.…

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The American Healthcare Act Passed By House Republicans

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA) is hot discussion in the healthcare industry today. The House Republicans had canceled voting on the bill previously, as there were not enough members committed to support the bill earlier. However, on May 4, the House Representatives have passed AHCA by a vote of 217 against 213, to repeal and…

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How To Create A Blog For Your Billing Company

We had our monthly medical billing company owner group meeting last week.  The topic was “Marketing When You Don’t Have The Time”.  We had many medical billing company owners from across the country on the call.  These companies have 15-35 employees.  We spoke about different ideas on how to grow your medical billing business.  For…

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HHS Launches New Website For Empowering Patients

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled their latest website hhs.gov that provides highlighted and detailed information concerning the efforts of the administration in fostering and improving insurance markets for individuals. Along with that, it also assists individuals to buy insurance using individual and small business insurance exchanges. The newly launched website…

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Proposals In The “Skinny” Budget By President Trump

  It is mandatory for the President of the United States to present a federal budget proposal to the congress every February. This budget request is usually recognized as an indication of the priorities of the Administration and these requests are not actually a force of law. The “Dead on Arrival” budget of the President…

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MedPAC Congress Report Suggests Increase Of Payment Rates For Physicians

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released their newest reports to the Congress last month. MedPAC is an independent Congressional agency that is set up to counsel the Congress regarding various issues that affect the Medicare program. One of the major recommendations put forward by MedPAC for physician fee schedule payments include the increase of…

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Several Key HHS Positions Filled By the Trump Administration

The senate has been much busy over the last few months in confirming the new cabinet nominees and other key staff members of the president since Donald Trump took charge as the President of United States of America. President Trump also seems to be busy making political appointments, which were not subject to the approval…

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GAO Reviews HHS Efforts In Bolstering Patient Usage Of Electronic Health Information

A recently released report by the Government Accountability Office offers an insightful review into the effectiveness of numerous attempts undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services. It covers how these efforts have enhanced the accessibility to patients in the usage of electronic health information. Through the years, HHS has been working to provide…

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