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?
On November 19th we reported on notices having been received by United Healthcare Medicare Advantage physicians in several states informing them they were to be dropped from the Medicare Advantage network.
Most practices today are barely getting by financially. With declining reimbursement from government and private payors and increasing operating expenses associated with new mandates such as Meaningful Use and ICD-10, many practices are seeing profitability - and sometimes their own salaries - decline dramatically. Collecting every last dollar earned is critical to their future survival and success.
Beginning in October, notices have been mailed to physicians by United Healthcare (UHC) providing a 90 day notice of termination from their Medicare Advantage (MA) networks in at least 10 states. Physicians have 30 days to appeal the termination and instructions are included with the letters.
Busy healthcare practitioners are often asked to create and maintain database profiles related to credentialing which are in turn made available to consumers or plans. The list is growing. With an increase in e-signing and check-box attestations, providers may be skipping some fine print.