In an article posted in the Healthcare Business News section of Modern Healthcare on January 14, 2014 , Joe Carlson reports on the AMA's fear of privacy loss as Medicare moves to reveal docs pay reporting The American Medical Association is warning that the Obama administration could violate physicians' privacy rights if it poorly implements its new policy for info
President Obama signed the “budget bill” which includes the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 on December 26th. This 3-month SGR (sustainable growth rate) patch is intended to give Congress time to find a replacement for the SGR. The impact on Medicare reimbursement is:
HealthCare.gov published Customer Service contact numbers for all Exchange Plans for practices to verify coverage. As reported by HFMA Healthcare Business News on 12/30/13, CMS has published a database containing customer service telephone numbers for all plans on the federal exchange marketplace so that provider offices may verify coverage for patients who have not yet received ID cards.
CMS has released the PQRS specifications for the 2014 reporting period and as expected, they are full of changes. Since inception, the Physician Quality Reporting System, has greatly changed the coding and documentation landscape for Eligible Professionals and Group Practices. Reporting on quality measures has become a way of life for the practicing physician.
The current problems with the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges should not deter doctors and medical practices from creating marketing strategies that focus specifically on the newly insured. These new and soon-to-be insured consumers differ in some fundamental ways from those currently covered, and these differences will be reflected in how their doctors and care providers are chosen.
In a blog posted 12/10/13 on www.physicianspractice.com, Marion K. Jenkins, PhD, FHIMSS, explains what cloud hosting for web based electronic health record solutions is, how it evolved and why it is right for healthcare. Chances are, you've heard about cloud computing but may not know much about it and how it relates to HIPAA. Here, Dr. Jenkins answers a few key questions about cloud services.
Cloud hosting — what is it?