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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CMS Publishes Final ACA Enrollment Figures

January 31 marked the official conclusion of the third open enrollment period for the health insurances that were sold on the exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. The final open enrollment report by the CMS shed more details on the total ACA enrollment figures. CMS’s report indicated that approximately 12.2 million people in the…

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Two Health Reform Bills Passed By The House Republicans

Even though the House Republicans were not successful in passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), they did pass two major health reform bills recently in their efforts to make healthcare in the US better. The reform bills passed by the House Republicans concentrate on separate issues from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A three-phase…

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Significance Of Revenue Cycle Management In Health Care Delivery

Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is the process of managing the claims payment, processing, and generation of the revenue. It uses technology like medical billing software for keeping records in tracking patient care from registration, scheduling of appointments, and final balance payments. RCM becomes more important as many hospitals and other medical institutions advance into more…

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The Need Of Credit Balance Resolution

Experts say that credit balancing is the “stealth aircraft of hospital patient accounting,” as credit balance is a liability that is hidden in the account receivable folder. Credit balancing is very important because the liability carries with it serious and real, compliance, and financial risks. It is the responsibility of your medical billing service to…

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Vote On American Healthcare Act Cancelled By House Republicans

The House Republicans recently cancelled a vote that was planned on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). AHCA is planned to repeal and replace big parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) making use of the budget reconciliation process. Sources said that the vote was canceled, as the House Republicans do not have enough members…

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Medicare Advantage Payment Rates Increased Slightly By CMS

It is reported that the Medicare Advantage health plans will be seeing an average payment increase of 0.45 percent in the year 2018. The payment increase proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in their advanced rate notice released on February 1 was 0.25 percent. The average change in revenue with this…

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