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NJAFP Summer Celebration & Scientific Assembly
NJAFP
With over 250 attendees, 41 exhibitors and nationally renowned presenters of family medicine specific CME, the 2014 SCSA was a booming success! Look for a full report of all the highlights in our upcoming issue of Perspectives. Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors, exhibitors and supporters of family medicine. Save the Date for next year — June 12-14, 2015!
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Electronic health records: A 'clunky' transition
POLITICO
The government-led transformation of health information is driving doctors to distraction, igniting nurse protests and crushing hospitals under debt. Most healthcare professionals accept the inevitability of going electronic and see its value. But they have a message for the administration's multibillion-dollar push: not so fast.
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Why hiring more doctors to treat veterans isn't going to be easy
Forbes
Hiring more doctors to treat veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs isn't going to be easy, according to a new analysis by a national physician staffing company. The last choice for physicians when it comes to where they want to work is government and military employment, including the VA, according to the 2014 physician practice preference and relocation survey by The Medicus Firm, a physician staffing company.
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Physicians push for extension of Medicaid reimbursement increase
California Healthline
A group of 21 physician associations and healthcare organizations has asked lawmakers to extend an increase in Medicaid reimbursements for primary care physicians under the Affordable Care Act that is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, Modern Healthcare reports. Under the ACA, the federal government was expected to spend $11 billion to bring Medicaid reimbursement rates for PCPs in line with rates paid by Medicare beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The provision was designed to incentivize physicians to accept more Medicaid beneficiaries ahead of the ACA's Medicaid expansion.
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ICD-10: Everything you need to know
Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10.
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Does social media have a place in healthcare?
Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources.
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Area doctors' offices work to become 'medical homes'
Press of Atlantic City
Healthcare providers are rushing to qualify for a place in the evolving government-redefined industry, and one certification most practices want is Patient Centered Medical Home. That is awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and it's aligned with standards established by several of the nation's largest physician groups.
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NJ ambulance companies take Medicare for a ride
NPR
Dozens of New Jersey ambulance companies — most of them headquartered within 15 miles of Paterson — billed Medicare for unusually large numbers of non-emergency ambulance rides in 2012, a ProPublica analysis of Medicare payment data found.
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