Doctor with Patient Last week, eMDs participated in the MGMA annual conference in Las Vegas.  I managed to sit in on a couple of sessions - one of which was led by Joan Hablutzel, senior industry analyst with the Medical Group Management Association.

Even though you may not have completely migrated to ICD-10, it's a good idea to start ICD 10 training now.

Bundled PaymentsThe Grace Period Under the ACA, insurers must wait three months before canceling the policies of subsidized enrollees who are delinquent on premium payments.

On October 1, 2014, Connecticut became the next state looking to regulate the mergers of medical groups.

Medscape recently released their 2014 Insurer Ratings study where more than 6300 physicians across 25 specialties took part in an online survey to share what it is like to work with leading insurers.  In addition to surveying physicians about various aspects of working with insurance companies, the survey also collected information about how much insurance companies were paying for common codes.

circle2-SWe hear a lot these days about the physicians being rated - by consumers, by healthplans, by the government.  Well what about doctors rating health plans?

Survey ToolThe first comprehensive physician rating and comparison database launches Monday in time for open enrollment on federal and state health exchanges, as well as for many employer-provided plans.

If your practice still has not attested for Meaningful Use, you’re not alone. It appears that a significant number of eligible providers did not meet the October 1, 2014 deadline for Stage 1 Meaningful Use/Year 1.  According to the AC Group, Inc., a healthcare technology advisory and research firm, approximately 267,000 physicians have successfully attested to Stage 1 so far.  That is only about 40% of physicians.

What does not attesting mean for physician practices in terms of Meaningful Use penalties and incentives?

Doctor with MoneyA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals.

Two years ago, Massachusetts passed a law requiring that insurers offer real-time prices by provider in consumer-friendly formats.  As of October, anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public.  While Massachusetts is the first state to mandate this level of transparency, this is a seminal event and one certain to expand.