The What, Why and How of Leadership

What is leadership? An age-old question exhaustively studied by scholars and practitioners alike throughout centuries, from the greatest conqueror of all time Alexander the Great to the father of modern leadership Warren Bennis.  Nowadays, it might be easier to say what leadership is not than to say what leadership is.  Ensuring your company always hits…

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Does Work From Home Equal Lower Productivity?

When considering what productivity actually is or by looking at its actual definition, there are two things that spring to mind in quick succession. First, the efficiency of any business can be measured by the rate of output per unit of input, and second, the defining factor of the input is people. Since the pandemic…

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4D Global Named 1st for Medical Billing & 6th for BPO!

4D Global Named 1st for Medical Billing & 6th for BPO!   In their annual report of the highest performing B2B companies in the world, Clutch has identified the best of the best in everything from branding agencies to call centers. In fact, their team has named us first and sixth in the world for…

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Study Claims CMS Has Higher Penalties For Readmissions Than For Mortality

An analysis conducted on publicly available hospital data revealed that the financial penalties for US hospitals in the year 2014 would have been considerably changed, if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had equally weighted mortality and 30-day readmissions. Researchers also pointed out that the financial penalties for readmissions under CMS are approximately 10…

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MACRA Data Reporting Requirements Might Nag Small Vendors

The final MACRA rule aims to reform Medicare payment model and offer more flexibility to physicians by simplifying some difficult data reporting requirements. However, some experts argue that the same rule might be nagging for small heath IT vendors, who are experiencing issues with upgrading their existing technology to be more relevant, patient-friendly, and specialty-specific.…

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ACA Risk Adjustment Program Strongly Opposed By Republicans

The Republicans have been focusing on the way Obama Administration is repaying the insurers who are participating in Federal health insurance exchange under risk adjustment programs established by ACA. The Affordable Care Act has included three risk adjustment programs aimed at stabilizing exchanges for the first years as insurers learned on pricing their products. The…

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Reviewing Meaningful Use Transition Might Help To Succeed In MIPS

According to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), policymakers must review the earlier transition from Meaningful Use Stage 1 to Stage 2, while transitioning from MU Stage 2 to Advancing Care Information. This is to ensure consistent clinical quality of healthcare during the transition. The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association published a recent…

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CMS Asked to Incorporate UDIs In Claim Forms

The Department of Health And Human Services (HHS) Inspector General Daniel Levinson recently called on CMS to work with Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12. The call was to incorporate Unique Device Identifiers (UDIs) for implantable devices in the current insurance claims forms. Levinson said that doing so would help CMS to keep tracks of the…

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ONC Releases 2017 ISA Draft For Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has released the Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) of 2017 draft for Health Information Technology for public comments. ONC said that the advisory is a “coordinated catalog of standards and implementation specifications”, which is meant to be used by the industry. The document states that, “ISA’s scope includes electronic…

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Aetna Announces Their Withdrawal From Health Insurance Exchanges

In a recent announcement, Aetna confirmed that they are withdrawing their participation from Affordable Care Act’s HIEs. Aetna is planning to withdraw their participation in 11 states, including Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, and Arizona, as the provider suffered major financial losses due to high-risk patients in the…

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