Smooth Rollout For New ICD-10 Medical Codes, Insurers Say

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The launch of tens of thousands of new government-mandated “ICD-10” codes used to describe diseases and hospital procedures in the billing process has seen few problems in the early days of its launch, large health insurers say. The news of a smooth rollout thus far comes from Humana HUM +0.33% (HUM) and UnitedHealth Group UNH -1.88%… Read more »

Bill Would Expand Providers Included in Open Payments Site

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On Wednesday, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced a bill (S 2153) that would expand the types of providers whose payments from drugmakers and medical device manufactures must be reported to CMS’ open payment website, ProPublica reports (Ornstein, ProPublica, 10/8).  Background In September 2014, CMS launched its Open Payments System, which is… Read more »

CMS Fact Sheet: EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 and Beyond

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make, electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to readily, safely, and securely exchange that information. The final rules for 2015… Read more »

CMS: Government shutdown won’t jeopardize ICD-10 transition

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However, uncertainty surrounds ICD-10 Coordination Center, ombudsman While officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not say definitively on a media call Thursday what the status of the agency’s new ICD-10 Coordination Center and its ombudsman would be in the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, they did maintain that… Read more »

Why doctors don’t Facebook with patients

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Doctors’ practices are increasingly trying to reach their patients online. But don’t expect your doctor to “friend” you on Facebook – at least, not just yet. Physicians generally draw a line: Public professional pages – focused on medicine, similar to those other businesses offer – are catching on. Some might email with patients. But doctors… Read more »

Why Patient Satisfaction Data Matters

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Despite the enormous amount of knowledge that was imparted upon you during your education, perhaps one of the most important elements of maintaining a successful practice was, most likely, barely touched upon. The concept of quality healthcare is not complete without a rigorous discussion of patient satisfaction. A good physician/patient relationship is a crucial element… Read more »

Do Physicians Need Sales Skills?

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Would you like to attract more patient referrals, motivate your staff to be kinder to grumpy patients and increase patient compliance? Your ability to build rapport and influence others is a leadership skill that will serve you well at work, at home, and at play.  What if selling were nothing more than the process of… Read more »