Surprise Medical Billing May Eliminate Restrictive Networks Surprise Medical Billing May Eliminate Restrictive Networks
The surprise medical billing act, or"No Surprises Act," was a bipartisan congressional agreement, which means it is likely to"stick" no matter the change in executive or legislative branches.Medscape Dermatology (Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Dermatology Headlines - January 21, 2021 Category: Dermatology Tags: Dermatology Commentary Source Type: news

Use Difficult Conversations to Provide Better Healthcare
Pretend you are a dust bunny behind the couch. Your life has meaning there, and you find happiness even though this is not what you expected. Times have been better, but things could be worse after all. The default in this world though is to be the fur on the back of a cat, not just some collection of fur, dust and house plant debris. Today, you have a problem and you need help. You aren’t exactly clear on what you want to happen, you just know that you need help. What arrives to your plea is a broom and a dustpan. The broom does not ask many questions – it just sees you as a dust bunny.  Unfortunate...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 19, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Justin Porter, RN, EMT-P Tags: Commentary Exclusives Patient Care EMT Healthcare Paramedic Source Type: news

MSN touts new CMS clinical data registry measures
Billing and medical business management firm Management Services Network (MSN)...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MSN touts 3 new MIPS radiology quality measures Corgan named VP of MSN (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 7, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Did Congress just fix surprise medical billing?
SOM ’s Fiona Scott Morton explains how the recent omnibus spending and COVID relief bill prevents patients from being billed by out-of-network doctors. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 5, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Physicians Find Perks in COVID-19 Relief Bill Physicians Find Perks in COVID-19 Relief Bill
A compromise surprise billing measure, partial reversal of E/M overhaul cuts, and new PPP loans are all part of the package approved by Congress.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Why Ambulances Are Exempt From the Surprise-Billing Ban
The welter of providers, layers of state and local regulation, and lack of information about costs made lawmakers hesitant to take up the issue. But that may change. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 22, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Sarah Kliff and Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Ambulances Law and Legislation Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Health Insurance and Managed Care Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘ Surprise ’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

COVID Bill to End ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — People with private health insurance will see the nasty shock of “surprise” medical bills virtually gone, thanks to the coronavirus compromise passed by Congress. The charges that can run from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars come from doctors and hospitals that are outside the network of a patient’s health insurance plan. It’s estimated that about 1 in 5 emergency visits and 1 in 6 inpatient admissions will trigger a surprise bill. Although lawmakers of both parties long agreed that the practice amounted to abusive...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 22, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Administration and Leadership AP News Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress shields patients from unexpected medical bills
The first federal protections for surprise billing are part of the pandemic relief package. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals Publishes COVID-19 Vaccinations Guidance
The Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals, or CoMMP — a diverse collective comprising all facets of our diverse industry, including Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Community Paramedicine, legal, billing, technology, regulatory, and academia — announced today that it has published two documents, detailed below, that reflect a novel and nationwide perspective on key topics related to the practice of Mobile Medicine. Both papers can be downloaded via the organization’s website, www.CoMMP.org. Related Emergency Considerations in COVID-19 Vaccine AdministrationInternational Association of EMS C...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 17, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Study Lays Out EMS Options in Traverse City (MI)
Jordan Travis The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. (MCT) Dec. 15—TRAVERSE CITY — As a new ambulance provider takes over throughout northwest Michigan, city leaders are mulling the future of emergency medical services in Traverse City. Most commissioners said at a study session Monday that they’re not interested in continuing with a status quo where Traverse City Fire Department responds to medical calls and Mobile Medical Response transports the patient to the hospital if needed. There are plenty of options to consider, and while the city enters into contract...
Source: JEMS Latest News - December 15, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News News Feed EMS EMT Michigan Paramedic Source Type: news

Elation Health snags $40M for primary care platform
The company plans on using the funds to add new capabilities including billing and payment collection.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 10, 2020 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Comparative host-coronavirus protein interaction networks reveal pan-viral disease mechanisms
The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), is a grave threat to public health and the global economy. SARS-CoV-2 is closely related to the more lethal but less transmissible coronaviruses SARS-CoV-1 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Here, we have carried out comparative viral-human protein-protein interaction and viral protein localization analyses for all three viruses. Subsequent functional genetic screening identified host factors that functionally impinge on coronavirus proliferation, including Tom70, a mitochondrial chaperone protein that i...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 3, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Gordon, D. E., Hiatt, J., Bouhaddou, M., Rezelj, V. V., Ulferts, S., Braberg, H., Jureka, A. S., Obernier, K., Guo, J. Z., Batra, J., Kaake, R. M., Weckstein, A. R., Owens, T. W., Gupta, M., Pourmal, S., Titus, E. W., Cakir, M., Soucheray, M., McGregor, M Tags: Engineering, Microbiology, Online Only r-articles Source Type: news

I-Team: Restaurant On Brink Of Closing After Loan Held Up By Clerical Error
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Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Business I-Team Syndicated Local Cheryl Fiandaca Coronavirus Source Type: news

AG Maura Healey Sues Boston Sports Clubs For Charging Members During Pandemic
BOSTON (CBS) — Attorney General Maura Healey Office’s announced Tuesday that it would be suing Boston Sports Clubs for the way it treated members during the coronavirus pandemic. All BSC locations closed on March 16 and remained closed until early July, then some closed again without warning. The AG has received over 2,000 consumer complaints from people who couldn’t cancel their memberships after reaching out to the company through multiple avenues. Some said they were still charged after receiving a cancellation notice. According to the complaint, BSC misled members about their rights and continued to c...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Consumer Covid-19 Boston, MA Syndicated CBSN Boston Syndicated Local Attorney General Maura Healey Boston Sports Clubs Source Type: news

Health benefits firm Vimly raises $6.7M, adds to exec team
Vimly Benefit Solutions, a benefits administration and services company, raised $6.7 million to grow its benefits administration software platform, Geekwire reported this week. The money is part of a Series A-1 round of funding for Vimly, which includes individual angels, family trusts and others. The boost in cash more than doubled the company’s total funding, which is $12.7 million to date. Mukilteo-based Vimly offers benefits enrollment, eligibility, billing, back office solutions and cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Nat Rubio-Licht Source Type: news

Health benefits firm Vimly raises $6.7M, adds to exec team
Vimly Benefit Solutions, a benefits administration and services company, raised $6.7 million to grow its benefits administration software platform, Geekwire reported this week. The money is part of a Series A-1 round of funding for Vimly, which includes individual angels, family trusts and others. The boost in cash more than doubled the company’s total funding, which is $12.7 million to date. Mukilteo-based Vimly offers benefits enrollment, eligibility, billing, back office solutions and cloud-based… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Nat Rubio-Licht Source Type: news

eAssist Dental Health Education Foundation Goes Over and Above to Drive Systemic Health
 Helping patients help themselves stay their healthiest SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- eAssist Dental Solutions, the nation's leading provider of virtual insurance and patient billing services for dental offices, proudly launches its new Dental Health Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization on a mission to spread awareness of the importance of dental cleanings. This year COVID-19 has helped bring to the attention of the public the devastating impact of inflammation on the body. Specifically, that increased systemic inflammation – which can be caused by oral inflammation ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 7, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

40 Under 40: How Synergy Billing CEO Jayson Meyer's childhood goal led him to build an innovative HQ
Throughout the pandemic, he managed to keep his people employed and delivered results for clients. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 5, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Anjali Fluker Source Type: news

Pandemic puts medical coding entrepreneur in limbo over building purchase
Angel Washington never wanted to be an entrepreneur. But the more experienced Washington became at medical billing and coding, the less happy she was working for someone else. "Every time I would take a job, it just was not financially rewarding enough," she said. "I always felt I could do better." Having her own clients on the side wasn't enough. "All of my clients had been asking me, 'How do we get more of you?' " she said. Finally, Washington had had enough. "So I typed an email to my boss… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 30, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Mary Vanac Source Type: news

Three Prominent Clinical Laboratory Leaders Make the Same Prediction: COVID-19 Testing Will Be Significant Through 2020 and Throughout 2021
CEOs of NorDx Laboratories, Sonora Quest Laboratories, and HealthPartners/Park Nicollet Laboratories expect demand for SARS-CoV-2 tests to only increase in coming months AUSTIN, TEXAS—For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups in the United States, the single most urgent question is this: how long will the need for substantial volumes of COVID-19 testing continue? Last Wednesday, […] The post Three Prominent Clinical Laboratory Leaders Make the Same Prediction: COVID-19 Testing Will Be Significant Through 2020 and Throughout 2021 first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 26, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment International Laboratory News Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operati Source Type: news

GMC's 1000HP Hummer EV is an 'all-electric supertruck'
Behold the 2021 Hummer EV Edition 1, what GMC is billing as “the world’s first all-electric supertruck.” (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Guidehouse Healthcare Experts Outline Six Ways COVID-19 Pandemic Is Accelerating Healthcare Transformation
Financial losses for hospitals and health systems due to cancelled procedures and coronavirus expenses will lead to changes in healthcare delivery, operations, and clinical laboratory test ordering COVID-19 is reshaping how people work, shop, and go to school. Is healthcare the next target of the coronavirus-induced transformation? According to two experts, the COVID-19 pandemic is […] The post Guidehouse Healthcare Experts Outline Six Ways COVID-19 Pandemic Is Accelerating Healthcare Transformation first appeared on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 19, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment International Laboratory News Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Source Type: news

Pandemic puts medical coding entrepreneur in limbo over building purchase
Angel Washington never wanted to be an entrepreneur. But the more experienced Washington became at medical billing and coding, the less happy she was working for someone else. "Every time I would take a job, it just was not financially rewarding enough," she said. "I always felt I could do better." Having her own clients on the side wasn't enough. "All of my clients had been asking me, 'How do we get more of you?' " she said. Finally, Washington had had enough. "So I typed an email to my boss… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mary Vanac Source Type: news

Changes in early high-risk opioid prescribing practices after policy interventions in Washington State - Sears JM, Haight JR, Fulton-Kehoe D, Wickizer TM, Mai J, Franklin GM.
OBJECTIVE: To test associations between several opioid prescribing policy interventions and changes in early (acute/subacute) high-risk opioid prescribing practices. DATA SOURCES: Population-based workers' compensation pharmacy billing and claims data,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 6, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Google delays mandating Play Store ’s 30% cut in India to April 2022
Google is postponing the enforcement of its new Play Store billing policy in India to April 2022, days after more than 150 startups in... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Chester County Doctor Agrees to Pay Over $1.2 Million to Settle Allegations of Fraudulent Billing and Unlawful Opioid Distribution
FDA OCI, Thomas Whalen, D.O., Berwyn PA, resolve allegations, $1.2 million, fraudulent, billing, unlawful, opioid, distribution, Rheumatology Consultants, Whalen Rheumatology Group, Havertown PA, Exton PA, Wilmington DE, injections, infusion, foreign drugs, unapproved, oxycodone, health care fraud, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Radiation Business solutions purchases Radmax
Radiation Business Solutions purchased Radmax, a radiation oncology medical...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radmax launches billing service (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 18, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on reestablishing the "Do Not Pay Initiative" computer matching program between CMS and the Department of the Treasury. The program provides CMS with information from Treasury's Working System which CMS will use to identify Medicare providers and suppliers who are ineligible for Medicare enrollment; to promptly suspend or revoke the Medicare billing privileges of the identified disqualified providers and suppliers; to enable recoupment of past payments made to those providers and suppliers; to assist CMS in detecting and preventing f...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 17, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing Ambulances Drive Surprise Medical Billing
Ground ambulances have mostly been left out of federal legislation targeting"surprise" medical bills.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - September 14, 2020 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

New Billing Code for Added COVID Practice Expense New Billing Code for Added COVID Practice Expense
The AMA has established a new CPT code for COVID response that could be used again if the United States faces a similarly serious battle against an infectious respiratory disease.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 11, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 Has Killed Nearly 200,000 Americans. How Many More Lives Will Be Lost Before the U.S. Gets It Right?
Forty-five days before the announcement of the first suspected case of what would become known as COVID-19, the Global Health Security Index was published. The project—led by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security—assessed 195 countries on their perceived ability to handle a major disease outbreak. The U.S. ranked first. It’s clear the report was wildly overconfident in the U.S., failing to account for social ills that had accumulated in the country over the past few years, rendering it unprepared for what was about to hit. At some point in mid-September—perha...
Source: TIME: Health - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Fitzpatrick and Elijah Wolfson Tags: Uncategorized Cover Story COVID-19 feature Magazine Source Type: news

Online Therapy, Booming During the Coronavirus Pandemic, May Be Here to Stay
Mental health flows from the ceramic jug psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb keeps on her desk. There’s nothing special about the jug—a minor accessory in an office designed with the sort of tidy impersonality common to her field. And there’s no special elixir in it—just water. But all the same, the jug provides a certain kind of healing. When patients are struggling, crying, overcome in some way, Gottlieb, a Los Angeles based practitioner and author of the book Maybe You Should Talk to someone, will offer up a cup of water, pour it for them and hand it across. In that small gesture is a whole constellati...
Source: TIME: Health - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

CDA Announces New Endorsed Program for Dental Plan Billing Service
eAssist Dental Solutions can help dentists with obtaining timely claims payment from dental plans SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Dental Association is pleased to announce eAssist Dental Solutions as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers dentists a valuable billing service, enhancing timely claims payment from dental plans.CDAeAssist Dental Solutions CDA has been helping members navigate the dental benefits side of their practices for over a decade utilizing a dedicated, knowledgeable team and a full library of resources to educate members on how to properly complete and su...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - August 26, 2020 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

NextHealth Marketer Charged in $60 Million Kickback Scheme
Vinson Woodlee, Med Left LLC, healthcare fraud, conspiracy, kickbacks, $60 million, NextHealtlh, prescription drugs, profitable, marketer, Andrew Hillman, Semyon Narosov, billing, Medicare, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, FECA, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, AKS, FBI, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - August 24, 2020 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2021
Notice of a final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updating the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for fiscal year 2021. Makes changes to the case-mix classification code mappings used under the SNF PPS, adopts the most recent Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations, and makes changes to the SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) program. Includes rural considerations throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 5, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news