The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late Friday afternoon 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.

Doctor with MoneyEnrollment for 2015 for ACA-mandated exchange plans begins in 2 weeks. In year two there are many new plan participants and price points. This blog posts offers a summary of some of the major changes. 

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?