shoppingcartThe open enrollment period for 2015 for the Affordable Care Act is well underway. Though the final numbers on participation have yet to be tabulated, by all accounts this year’s process is going more smoothly.

DecemberCommunityServiceIt was another great day with the Wake County Public Library System. On December 12th, the North Carolina MDeverywhere team participated in the 2014 Book Sale and Festival of Reading. The festival consists of over 350,000 books for sale.

bestpracticesAlthough prior authorization has been an issue among healthcare providers for at least a quarter of a century, surprisingly little is known about its cost, either to individual practices or to the healthcare system as a whole.

certificateThe American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) released changes to the accreditation process at the beginning of 2014, and nearly 20,000 physicians have signed a petition calling for those changes to be rescinded.

CMSMore than 257,000 U.S. doctors will see their Medicare payments cut by 1% next year because they didn’t meet federal goals for using electronic medical records, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Doctor with MoneyMeaningful use 2 (MU2), which has been a challenge for physicians, is unlikely to get easier in 2015.  Starting in 2015, eligible professionals (EPs) will see a 1% decrease in Medicare reimbursements for each year they don’t meet meaningful use requirements. The penalty will change by 1% point each year to a maximum of 5%.

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Back in November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the final Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2015.  The rule brings a number of changes that doctors and practice managers need to understand about chronic care, telehealth and meaningful use.

Shared Medical Appointments Billing: CPT Code 99078There is increasing evidence of the benefit of shared or group visits as an alternate method of scheduling patients with similar, often chronic, conditions.

Doctor with PatientSmooth and efficient appointment scheduling is critical to patient satisfaction, physician efficiency and staff morale.  Many practices don't think carefully enough about the strategy and structure of their patient appointment scheduling policies.

appointmentSoon patients will be able to interact with physicians the same way they buy clothes or music—online.