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Integrating a hip belt with body armour reduces the magnitude and changes the location of shoulder pressure and perceived discomfort in soldiers - Lenton GK, Doyle TLA, Billing D, Saxby DJ, Higgs J, Lloyd DG.
This study assessed if new body armour designs that incorporated a hip belt reduced shoulder pressures and improved comfort. Twenty-one Australian soldiers completed t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Building LTSS through Title VI Program: Billing Medicaid
September 27, 2017 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medicare Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts and Cost-cutting Predicted to be 2018 ’s Two Biggest Trends for Medical Laboratories in the United States
To offset the loss of revenue from the price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory tests, labs will need to aggressively—but wisely—slash costs to balance their budgets Any day now, Medicare officials will announce the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2018. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 20, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections dark daily home page darkdaily.com Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations News Source Type: news

Doctors Spend Almost Six Hours Per Day on EHR Tasks
Clerical and administrative tasks including order entry, billing account for almost half of hours (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - September 15, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology, Radiolo Source Type: news

The Cost of Miracle Drugs
Miracle drugs may not exist in the truest sense of the term, but any drug that comes with an easy co-pay is a miracle drug in this doctors eyes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Finance Billing Compliance Billing and Collections Patients Source Type: news

How to Choose Between Modifiers 25 and 57
When do you use modifier 25 or 57? Coding expert John Verhovshek explains the difference when coding an E&M service. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Tags: Pearl Billing Compliance Coding Medical Billing & Collections Pearls Source Type: news

Reference Pricing and Price Shopping Hold Potential Peril for Both Clinical Laboratories and Consumers
While multiple studies show reference pricing is an effective approach to reduce the cost of testing and procedures, medical laboratories and consumers alike must continue to focus on quality to ensure positive outcomes The Dark Report in its September 2016 issue highlighted how reference pricing is positioned to become one of the biggest contributors to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 13, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing CalPERS Castlight Health Change Healthcare Corporation clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

Medical Billing and Coding Course Introduced by New York Institute of...
The demand for trained medical billing and coding professionals continues to grow at a rapid rate as more people rely on healthcare services every year.(PRWeb September 13, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14654872.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - September 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ESO Announces Release of ePCR Buying Guide
Austin, TX -- ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today that it has released “7 Secrets of Smart ePCR Buyers,” a free educational resource to help EMS software buyers make the best decision for their agencies’ patient documentation software. “Years ago, ePCRs were basically electronic versions of old paper forms, and choosing the best system for an EMS agency’s needs was straightforward,” said Kenny Schnell, Vice President and General Manager of ESO’s Electronic Health Record product ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Announces Release of ePCR Buying Guide
Austin, TX -- ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today that it has released “7 Secrets of Smart ePCR Buyers,” a free educational resource to help EMS software buyers make the best decision for their agencies’ patient documentation software. “Years ago, ePCRs were basically electronic versions of old paper forms, and choosing the best system for an EMS agency’s needs was straightforward,” said Kenny Schnell, Vice President and General Manager of ESO’s Electronic Health Record product ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

How Americans Could Have Cheap Health Care Almost Instantly
Can’t agree on health care, how to finance it or how to cover the uninsured? Think big. And look carefully: it’s right before our eyes. Imagine comprehensive, universal, effective and cheap health care for all Americans, essentially overnight. It would require hiring more doctors, nurses and other health professionals as well as utilizing more hospitals and medical facilities, but it would be remarkably easy compared to all the other health care proposals afloat now. That’s because the medical expertise and the infrastructure to make this possible already exist — right here in our Veterans Affairs h...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Margaret Battin Tags: Uncategorized health Health Care Healthcare politics Source Type: news

The Medical Billing Team is The Center of Your Business
What would you say if I told you that the billing department should be the heart of your business? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: P.J. Cloud-Moulds Tags: Blog Front Desk Billing and Collections Staff Medical Billing & Source Type: news

A Plan of Attack on Getting What You Owe from Payers
Your team of physicians, administrators and lawyers can help you get what you rightfully owe using data-driven tools. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Blog Billing Compliance Billing and Collections Coding Payers Source Type: news

Will You be the Next Rockstar Medical Librarian?
The National Library of Medicine is currently  accepting submissions for rockstar medical librarians. This is your opportunity to be featured by NLM during National Medical Librarians month in October.  Deadline to submit your application is September 15. Here’s the announcement from the NLM In Focus blog: Ready to take the stage? NLM will be featuring more rock star medical librarians during National Medical Librarians Month in October. We’re giving top billing to medical librarians at hospitals, universities, and other organizations. You can be a solo act or, if you’d prefer to profile yo...
Source: Dragonfly - September 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from NLM Source Type: news

You Should Worry about Medical Coding Guidelines Changing
E&M coding guidelines are finally changing after 20 years, but don't celebrate yet. These changes may be worrisome to practices (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 6, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lucien Roberts Tags: Pearl Billing and Collections Coding & M Pearls Source Type: news

MD Anderson Retains Top Spot for Cancer Care
U.S. News & World Report ranked the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston the No. 1 cancer care hospital in America for the third consecutive year. MD Anderson has been a leader in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma, a contributing factor in maintaining its top billing on the rankings. Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the 2017-18 Best Hospitals for Cancer  listing. U.S. News & World Report — a global authority in hospital care — has published the rankings annually for 28 years, helping patients make tough health c...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - September 6, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: Barnes-Jewis Hospital best mesothelioma cancer centers Cardiology Cleveland Clinic Gastroenterology H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute heart surgery Johns Hopkins Massachusetts General Hospital Mayo Clinic Mayo Clinic- Source Type: news

What Defines a High-Performing Healthcare System? Study Shows There's No Consensus.
A new study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, found there is no consensus among healthcare stakeholders regarding what defines a high-performing healthcare delivery system.   Researchers identified articles defining high performance with respect to a healthcare system or organization in PubMed and WorldCat databases from 2005 to 2015 and the New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report from 1999 to 2016. Read more...   High Performance .  It has become, to some extent, the term we love to hate in EMS.  “High Performance EMS” has been defined by ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

What Defines a High-Performing Healthcare System? Study Shows There's No Consensus.
A new study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, found there is no consensus among healthcare stakeholders regarding what defines a high-performing healthcare delivery system.   Researchers identified articles defining high performance with respect to a healthcare system or organization in PubMed and WorldCat databases from 2005 to 2015 and the New York Academy of Medicine Grey Literature Report from 1999 to 2016. Read more...   High Performance .  It has become, to some extent, the term we love to hate in EMS.  “High Performance EMS” has been defined by ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - September 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Coding Quiz: 1st Half in Review
Take this quiz from RemitDATA on the coding trends in the first half of 2017. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Tags: Billing and Collections Coding Medical Billing & Source Type: news

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program Billing Rules Call
September 19, 2017 1:30-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Inventing New Medical Billing Codes
What happens when a patient presents with a condition that there is currently no billing code in the system for? This doctor finds out the hard way. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 29, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Career Coding Productivity Physician Productivity Source Type: news

MIPS reporting for 2017: What radiologists need to know
Should radiologists apply for a hardship exemption from the requirements of...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism Is your practice ready for new decision-support rules? ABNs key when performing noncovered radiology services (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 29, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

emsCharts is Approved to Submit NEMSIS 3.4 Data in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA – emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, is now officially connected and approved to submit NEMSIS 3 data to the State of Pennsylvania ahead of the September 1st deadline imposed on software vendors. For clarity: “emsCharts is officially connected and approved to submit live NEMSIS v3.4 data to Pennsylvania.” emsCharts, a subsidiary of Golden Hour, has been a national leader in NEMSIS compliance for the past 10-years. emsCharts helped lead NEMSIS Gold Certification (v2.2) many years ago. In addition, emsCharts ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: emsCharts Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

emsCharts is Approved to Submit NEMSIS 3.4 Data in Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, PA – emsCharts, a leader in Electronic Patient Care Records (ePCR) and Fire Reporting for public safety professionals, is now officially connected and approved to submit NEMSIS 3 data to the State of Pennsylvania ahead of the September 1st deadline imposed on software vendors. For clarity: “emsCharts is officially connected and approved to submit live NEMSIS v3.4 data to Pennsylvania.” emsCharts, a subsidiary of Golden Hour, has been a national leader in NEMSIS compliance for the past 10-years. emsCharts helped lead NEMSIS Gold Certification (v2.2) many years ago. In addition, emsCharts ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: emsCharts Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

The lying cretin who served as the Obamacare architect has lost a job over fraudulent billing allegations
(Natural News) You may remember him as the geeky, infuriating academic who designed Obamacare — the same guy who once said Americans were “too stupid” to understand the nuances of a law that was never honestly presented to them in the first place. His name is Jonathan Gruber, and he’s just settled claims of fraud... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2018 Coding Updates: Vaccines, Consult Codes
Coding expert Bill Dacey has some of the most recent updates to the coding manual. What do you have to know for 2018? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 21, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Bill Dacey Tags: Billing Compliance Billing and Collections Coding Payers Source Type: news

Celebrate Your Medical Staff & #039;s Small Victories
Are you celebrating and thanking your staff on a daily basis? If not, you could be creating a negative working environment. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: P.J. Cloud-Moulds Tags: Blog Billing Compliance Billing and Collections Staff Training Source Type: news

David Jones obituary
Scientist and writer who, under his pen name, Daedalus, entertained readers with his ‘impossible’ inventionsDavid Jones, who has died aged 79, was a physical chemist and writer who, through his columns under the pseudonym Daedalus, entertained readers of New Scientist, Nature and the Guardian for more than 30 years. His ideas for inventions started from secure principles and wove a plausible tale through to the impossible – or so he thought. In fact, many turned out to be feasible. His version of 3D printing with lasers even landed him in a patent dispute in 1974.He described how to coat the moon in a ref...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Robin Perutz Tags: Chemistry Science Books Journalism Television Source Type: news

Practice Due Diligence Can Save Patients Money
A little time and effort by practices can save patients thousands of dollars in unseen costs. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Doulgeris Tags: Blog Finance Billing and Collections Patients Payers Source Type: news

Building a Medical Coding Team: In-house vs. Outsourced
Should you hire an in-house coder or outsource? Do you need to hire one at all? Answers to these questions and more. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 16, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Karen Appold Tags: MACRA Coding Compliance Medical Billing & Collections Payers Source Type: news

Suture Express launches BlueSphere manufacturing logistics biz
Surgical product distributor Suture Express said today it is forming a 3rd-party logistics division to serve medical product manufacturers, named BlueSphere Logistics. Newly formed BlueSphere Logistics will offer services including warehousing, distribution and transportation within what it calls its ‘Core Logistics’ offering. Additional services, including order and pricing management, billing, collections, reporting and other services will also be provided to medical product manufacturers. “BlueSphere Logistics is ideal for a medical product or device company seeking flexible, reliable and affordable lo...
Source: Mass Device - August 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News bluespherelogistics sutureexpress Source Type: news

Zotec sponsors Butler University's athletics
Medical billing firm Zotec Partners will continue a multiyear sponsorship agreement...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Zotec awarded NC contract Zotec renews contract with Wash. firm Zotec renews contract in South Carolina Zotec signs with Ohio firm Zotec renews Minn. contract (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 15, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

5 Must-see Coding Strategies for your Practice
The coding rulebook is always changing. Here are strategies from our two coding experts to help you stay compliant. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Billing Compliance Coding Denials Medical Billing & Collections Source Type: news

Soften the Blow of High Deductible Health Plans
High deductible health plans hit patients'wallets hard, here's how to cushion the blow for your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Riviezzo Tags: Blog Billing and Collections Medical Billing & Patients Payers Source Type: news

Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities
Patients in rehabilitation facilities sometimes need imaging services that...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism Is your practice ready for new decision-support rules? ABNs key when performing noncovered radiology services How do high-deductible health plans affect radiology? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 14, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Concerns about integrity of public health-care system prompt audits in B.C
Three B.C. health clinics are being audited over concerns of over-billing. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Getting Payers to Pay What They Owe You
Why you need an attorney if you are going to recoup payment from payers. It's not the same as getting money from patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Blog Billing and Collections Medical Billing & Payers Source Type: news

11 Common Coding Questions (and Their Answers)
Inaccurate billing and coding can have a direct and negative impact on a practice's bottom line. What are some common coding queries? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: ICD-10 Billing Compliance Coding & Medical Billing Collections Source Type: news

Guidance Provided for Preventing Practice Billing Errors
Practices should have a compliance plan and policy and someone responsible for enforcing it (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - August 8, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Pulmonology Source Type: news

Making Coding Work for Your Practice
Experts share their advice on how to ensure coding is done properly at your practice, through focusing on common codes and more. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: ICD-10 Billing and Collections Coding Medical Billing & Source Type: news

Palm Harbor oncologist gets prison time for billing for unapproved cancer drugs
A Palm Harbor-based oncologist was sentenced Friday to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for smuggling misbranded and non-government approved drugs into the United States and then filing claims seeking reimbursement from Medicare. U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs, the head doctor, owner and operator of East Lake Oncology, a cancer treatment clinic located in Palm Harbor, to the prison term as well as three years of supervised… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 4, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Frances McMorris Source Type: news

Palm Harbor oncologist gets prison time for billing for unapproved cancer drugs
A Palm Harbor-based oncologist was sentenced Friday to 70 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution for smuggling misbranded and non-government approved drugs into the United States and then filing claims seeking reimbursement from Medicare. U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody Jr. sentenced Dr. Diana Anda Norbergs, the head doctor, owner and operator of East Lake Oncology, a cancer treatment clinic located in Palm Harbor, to the prison term as well as three years of supervised… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Frances McMorris Source Type: news

Preventing Improper Billing of Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees in Managed Care: Strategies for States and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans
This technical brief explores strategies that states and Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) can use to streamline claims processing and communicate with providers and members in order to prevent instances of improper billing. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, and Correction of the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza Vaccination Immunization Reporting Measure in the ESRD QIP for PY 2020
Final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating fiscal year (FY) 2018 prospective payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), resulting in a roughly one percent increase over FY 2017. The rule also finalizes revisions to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Additional information is available on theJuly 31, 2017, CMS final rule fact sheet. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 4, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Technical assistance and outreach on Medicaid billing and payment for services provided outside the four walls by IHS/tribal employees and non-IHS providers
August 9, 2017 2:30-4:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Helping the Homeless with Healthcare
(MedPage Today) -- Also, billions in Medicare Advantage billing errors (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - August 1, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support
In recently proposed rules, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR finds favorable signs in 2018 MPFS proposed rule CMS releases 2018 MPFS with 1% radiology pay cut Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism Is your practice ready for new decision-support rules? ACR wants CMS to stick with decision-support schedule (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 1, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

DOCLINE Users: Reminder of Programs for You
MedPrint: The Cooperative Effort to Preserve Print The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) are continuing their partnership in the quest to preserve print copies of biomedical journal titles through the Medical Serials Print Retention Program (MedPrint.)  The NLM initially identified 250 titles to preserve in print  The program is cooperative and voluntary and those libraries choosing to participate do not receive funding from the NLM for storage or maintenance.  The NLM has seven guidelines for libraries interested in participating. Among the not...
Source: MCR News - July 31, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Health Sciences Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, etc.
Pre-publication final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating fiscal year (FY) 2018 prospective payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), resulting in a roughly one percent increase over FY 2017. The rule also finalizes revisions to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Additional information is available on theJuly 31, 2017, CMS final rule fact sheet. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for August 4, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - July 31, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Coding Questions on TCM Services, Code 99358
Coding expert Bill Dacey answers your latest coding questions, including an inquiry on how to bill for TCM services. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Bill Dacey Tags: Billing and Collections Coding Revenue Cycle Management Medical Billing & Source Type: news