A Single Test to Detect All Viruses

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A new diagnostic test, dubbed ViroCap, appears to detect virtually any virus that can infect humans and animals, according to the findings of a research group at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The new test works differently from current tests that aren’t sensitive enough to detect low levels of the many thousands… Read more »

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 »

Some ICD-10 Insight

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At this point, it’s a good idea to conduct one last check to re-confirm if your payers will be ready to accept ICD-10 codes on 10/1, your respective clearinghouse testing has been completed, the physicians and staff in your group are comfortable with the new code set, and your medical software is ready.  If you… 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 »

Medicare Has ICD-10 Accommodation Period, But What About Others…?

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In early July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services struck a deal with the American Medical Association in which CMS agreed to a one-year Medicare payment accommodation period after the ICD-10 October 1 compliance date in which claims incorrectly coded would be paid as long as they are coded in the appropriate family of… Read more »