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Upcoming webinar: Payment and Compliance Issues Surrounding Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries
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When: Dec. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Jason Johnson and Todd Doze of Healthcare Payment Specialists
Program focus: This intermediate level educational webinar will discuss how to improve your Indirect Medical Education/Graduate Medical Education/Nursing and Allied Health reimbursement as well as your HITECH Meaningful Use incentive payments by identifying and billing your Medicare Advantage stays (shadow billing).
Registration info: Payment must be received on or before Nov. 23. You will receive your confirmation and handouts via email by Nov. 30. You may download the full description and printable registration form here.




Decline in doctor office visits could be permanent
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The number of visits patients make to physicians in a given month — a vital sign for the whole health care economy — has been declining consistently, according to multiple tracking studies, companies and researchers. Analysts say those numbers may not bounce back, even with health system reform. That's because a struggling economy, higher insurance deductibles, and the efforts by health plans and others to reduce utilization have altered patient patterns, perhaps permanently. More

Privacy compliance needn't be so scary
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Regulators looking over your shoulder; million-dollar fines lurking around the corner; every flash drive a data breach booby trap. The world of healthcare data privacy may seem scarier than the latest horror flick. It doesn't have to be that way. More

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Excellent service to patients requires vision, planning
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Service is especially important now, as physicians face declining reimbursements and increasing competition. Superior service doesn't just happen. Experts say it requires having a proactive plan for an element of medical practice that many physicians unfortunately overlook. More

Computer-assisted coding a boon for hospitals during ICD-10 switch
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Hospital officials that are well along in their planning for the ICD-10 switchover expect a loss of productivity when they move to the more complex diagnostic coding system. Canadian hospitals saw a 30 to 50 percent decline in productivity when they adopted ICD-10. But panelists at a "town hall meeting" held at CHIME's Fall CIO Forum in San Antonio also hope that computer-assisted coding applications might be able to alleviate that productivity drop. More



ACOs seen as tough sell, despite concessions
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Even with approving nods for the changes announced last month in the final rules for Medicare accountable care organizations, observers who spoke with HealthLeaders Media say the program will remain a tough sell for most healthcare providers. More

Physician texting provides quick communication — and an easy way to violate HIPAA
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After years of using pagers, and constantly waiting on return calls, physicians now consider texting to be an efficient and fast way to connect with colleagues. Although the technology may result in faster and better communication, physicians who text other doctors could be exposing themselves to privacy and security violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. More

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$6.8 billion spent yearly on 12 unnecessary tests and treatments
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For many adults, a routine visit to a primary care physician might involve blood tests, a urinalysis, an electrocardiogram, maybe a bone density scan. Too often, however, these tests are inappropriate and they cost a bundle, according to a recent study, not only for the health care system but also for individuals, who are increasingly footing more of the bill for their care. More

KLAS: ICD-10 procrastination a lingering issue for providers
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Despite an October 2013 deadline, now is the time for providers to begin ramping up preparations for the ICD-10 switch, a new report from healthcare research firm KLAS stresses. The report determines that less than 10 percent of providers have crossed the halfway point for the switch in terms of readiness, but a more alarming trend, according to report author Graham Triggs, is the lack of understanding by those providers about the financial repercussions involved. More



Poll: It's not too late for HIPAA 5010 — but time is running out
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More frightening, perhaps, than all those Halloween trick-or-treaters is the fact that there are now only two months left to comply with HIPAA 5010. To date, industry surveys have been largely one-sided in finding that providers, payers, clearinghouses and software vendors are behind schedule. Few, if any, are expecting a seamless transition, and this poll is no different. More

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