CMS Proposes Patient Relationship Categories For MACRA

Along with the proposed rule that CMS recently released, the agency will attempt to garner comments on several other documents related to MACRA implementation. One of these requests concerns patient relationship categories, while the other deals with interoperability. The layout of MACRA requires that CMS devise categories for patient relationships with physicians, ranging over an…

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Medical Billing Outsourcing set to go up with changing healthcare provider needs

  With more and more government funding flowing into healthcare, pressure on providers to optimize their operations has been building heavily. The latter is aimed at making the best use of monetary allocations, and this has benefited vendors who comprise the medical billing outsourcing market around the globe. Healthcare spending in the developed countries may…

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New HIPAA Audit Protocol And Other Audit-Related Materials Let Out By OCR

At the beginning of the month, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) let out a redone audit protocol, which addresses the requirements of the 2013 Omnibus Final Rule. OCR will use the audit protocol to commence its approaching phase 2 audits, which will be performed for covered entities and…

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CMS Gives Physicians Time To Review Their Open Payments Data

CMS entered their 45-day review and dispute timeline of the Open Payments program earlier this month. For physicians, this is the perfect time to review financial information brought to them from drug and device manufacturers and group purchasing organizations, and if required, point out any inaccurate data before it gets published on June 30. CMS…

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FDA Supporting Ban On Powdered Medical Gloves

The FDA has just announced their proposal to ban most of the powdered gloves in the country. The use of such gloves is going down, but still, they comprise an unfair and considerable risk of bringing illness or injury to providers, patients, and other individuals who happen to be exposed to them. This risk cannot…

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A Few Tax Write-Off Tips For Physicians This Year

Tax season is upon us, and physicians especially will feel a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the temperature. It is the time of the year, when they need to work hard and fast to prepare for the tax payment deadline. Considering that good doctors almost always have their hands full…

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NCVHS Standards Committee Follow Up HBMA Testimonies

National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) received an oral and written testimony from Dave Nicholson, HBMA Government Relations Committee Member last month. The testimony covers various topics such as prior authorization and claims attachments. The efforts of the staff and members of HBMA Government Relations Committee are behind the preparation of this testimony.…

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Large Companies Band Together To Solve Rising Healthcare Cost

What sets big companies such as the likes of Coca-Cola, IBM, and Macy’s together, despite the fact that they serve different industries? The one new thing they have in common is that they also do healthcare. Beginning this year, these three corporations, along with 20 others in the country, will be forming a coalition of…

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MACRA Urges Participation In APMs Over MIPS

The administration is certainly laying out a plan for the post-SGR period. With the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 passed, the Medicare program will be moving towards two new payment systems by year 2019. Of these systems, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) mixes the current three Medicare quality programs inside a…

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Bill To Cancel Affordable Care Act Vetoed By The President

The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 and it is highly regarded as the signature piece of legislation under Obama Administration. Nevertheless, the Republicans in America have been trying feverishly to replace this act. Since the enactment, there have been numerous voting at the House of Representatives to replace or delay the act. Interestingly,…

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