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Nationwide physician tax scam
NJAFP
Physicians throughout the U.S. should be aware of a nationwide tax scam that has affected hundreds of physicians and most likely many more to come. A database with physician SSN has been hacked and e-file tax returns in many states have been fraudulently filed in an attempt to obtain refunds. This may lead to troubles when filing the correct return. NJAFP has heard reports from other chapters whose members have been affected by this scam. Please see the article in Medical Practice Insider May 8, 2014 Volume 3 Issue 19 on the Web for some specifics and recommendations of who to notify. NJAFP members should consider monitoring their credit reports or subscribing to a monitoring service as a way of keeping a vigilant eye on personal data.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Behind the white coats: Looking at the lifestyles of today's physicians
Dorothy L. Tengler
When we visit our physicians, we usually don't think about the commitment they made to be able to treat us — four years of medical school, three to seven years of residency, another few years of fellowship. Most likely, physicians have spent seven to 10 years of their lives preparing to practice medicine. But that across-the-board time commitment doesn't make all physicians the same. In fact, a national survey of 125,000 practicing physicians revealed intriguing differences from finances and career plans to personal lifestyles.
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Federally funded program helps NJ hospitals reduce infections, other preventable complications
NJBIZ
Last year, New Jersey hospitals avoided more than $100 million in costs and more than 9,000 adverse events, such as falls and infections, by taking part in a national patient safety program, according to the Partnership for Patients-New Jersey initiative, a federally funded program led by the New Jersey Hospital Association.
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Officials: Backlog persists in NJ Medicaid program under Obamacare
The Star-Ledger
More than 140,000 New Jersey residents successfully applied for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but 25,000 are caught up in a technological backlog and 7,000 others are still waiting for ID cards, state Human Services officials said. The initial backlog in New Jersey's Medicaid program, known as NJ FamilyCare, was caused by unusable data sent to it by the federal government — a fact confirmed by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in February.
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What should providers be doing during the ICD-10 waiting game?
EHR Intelligence
More than a month and a half after President Barack Obama signed the ICD-10 delay into law, CMS still lists Oct. 1, 2014 as the ICD-10 compliance date on most of its websites and educational materials. The delay may have taken the agency (and most of the industry) by surprise, but the glacial pace of adjustment has left providers wondering what they should be doing as the timeline stretches on. How can organizations keep moving forward towards ICD-10 compliance while eliminating the possibility of financial waste, technical glitches and educational disasters?
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5 must-track metrics for practice profitability
Sasha Viasasha
Today's healthcare landscape is complex and constantly changing. Collecting data is essential for analyzing practice revenue and determining what changes can be made to increase profitability. The secret is to collect the right data to successfully determine what needs to be changed. Here are five key metrics practices should follow to achieve financial success.
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Federal healthcare subsidies may be too high or too low for more than 1 million Americans
The Washington Post
The government may be paying incorrect subsidies to more than 1 million Americans for their health plans in the new federal insurance marketplace and has been unable so far to fix the errors, according to internal documents and three people familiar with the situation.
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Helping those who help hospital patients after they head home
NJ Spotlight
Leaving the hospital can be confusing for sick or elderly patients, many of whom rely on a family member or other caregiver to keep track of prescriptions and instructions for follow-up treatment. The confusion can become a crisis if the caregiver doesn't know about those prescriptions or instructions.
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