United States CongressUPDATE: There will be no “doc fix” until mid-April. The Senate adjourned for spring break on Friday morning without taking up legislation to permanently repeal the SGR formula.

Urology: Continuing our series on ICD-10-CM basics we are offering high-level primers to illustrate the differences on specific documentation requirements for various specialties.

United States CongressHouse and Senate leaders introduced legislation on Thursday to permanently fix the physician's Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and extend CHIP and other "extenders,” while still working on offsets and other policies that will be attached.

CMSBuilding on the Pioneer and Shared Savings programs, on March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of its new Next Generation ACO Model.

TaxOne of the most significant, and controversial, provisions of the Affordable Care Act is the new excise tax on high-cost health plans proposed to both slow the rate of growth of health costs and finance the expansion of health coverage.

Office VisitIn our next blog series we will discuss five ways practices can optimize revenue cycle management – collecting every dollar earned.

Step 1: Keep Your Schedule Full and Productive

Doctor with MoneySource: Kaiser Health News, Could Congress Be Ready To Fix Medicare Pay For Doctors? March 16, 2015 Today’s problem is a result of efforts years ago to control federal spending – a 1997 deficit reduction law that called for setting Medicare physician payment rate

United States CongressMany believe that Congress will again pass a short-term pay-fix before attempting a permanent repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The temp fix passed last year expires on March 31, 2015. There are reports, however, that House and Senate leaderships are currently discussing a way to implement a permanent pay-fix before the March expiration date.

ICD-10 RedAs the transition to ICD-10 fast approaches, it will become important for providers to begin considering the use of unspecified codes to best describe a patient's conditions, which may be ambiguous due to the available documentation.

gearsAs the deadline for the ICD-10 transition fast approaches, we have been bombarded with an onslaught of information and strategies on how to navigate the change. However, little focus has been paid to how to manage this change using technology – specifically a customizable rules engine.