Coding changes that will impact radiology practices in 2022
There are 249 new codes in the current procedural terminology (CPT) system tha...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How will Medicare payment changes impact your radiology practice? A surprising consequence of the No Surprises Act Video from RSNA 2021: Regulatory changes for radiology in 2022 Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules ICD-10 coding changes your radiology practice should know (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 27, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Why It ’s Still So Complicated to Get Free Home Covid Tests
This week, nearly two full years into the on-going pandemic, the Biden Administration told Americans that they would, at long last, be given access to free, rapid COVID-19 tests — a key tool in containing the spread of the virus. The government’s plan was two-fold. First, on Jan. 15, federal agencies implemented new rules requiring private health insurers to cover at-home tests. And second, on Jan. 18, the feds launched a new website to deliver free rapid antigen tests directly to Americans’ homes. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The effort was a major step in the right direction, public heal...
Source: TIME: Health - January 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abigail Abrams Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Private Labs in South Africa Voluntarily Agree to Lower Prices for COVID-19 PCR Tests following Investigation by Country ’s Competition Commission
In an out-of-court settlement, two commercial clinical laboratory companies also agreed to reduce their prices for rapid antigen tests as well How clinical laboratory companies were pricing their COVID-19 tests caught the attention of government authorities in South Africa. Government agencies in that country are establishing what they view as fair clinical laboratory pricing for […] The post Private Labs in South Africa Voluntarily Agree to Lower Prices for COVID-19 PCR Tests following Investigation by Country’s Competition Commission appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 21, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice International Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Ampath anatomic pathology BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test center Source Type: news

How will Medicare payment changes impact your radiology practice?
Now that the final Medicare conversion factor for 2022 of $34.6062 has bee...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: A surprising consequence of the No Surprises Act Video from RSNA 2021: Regulatory changes for radiology in 2022 Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules ICD-10 coding changes your radiology practice should know ICD-10 coding changes that will impact radiologists in 2022 (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 20, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Medicaid Services (CMS) seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Medicaid Program; Eligibility Changes under the Affordable Care Act of 2010; 2) Children's Health Insurance Program Managed Care and Supporting Regulations; 3) Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part II; and 4) Student Health Insurance Coverage. Comments are due by March 7, 2022. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - January 5, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ACR sues to block No Surprises Act
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and other physician groups have file...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: A surprising consequence of the No Surprises Act Regulatory and payment issues that will impact radiology in 2022 ACR mulls legal action over No Surprises Act implementation U.S. government issues final rule on 'no surprises' billing Study suggests No Surprises Act simply veils insurance coverage gaps (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 23, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

A surprising consequence of the No Surprises Act
The federal No Surprises Act was designed to protect patients from receivin...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Video from RSNA 2021: Regulatory changes for radiology in 2022 Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules ICD-10 coding changes your radiology practice should know ICD-10 coding changes that will impact radiologists in 2022 More pandemic relief is available from the HHS Provider Relief Fund (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 22, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Ascension Wisconsin converting all of its hospitals and clinics to Epic Systems
Ascension Wisconsin launched an Epic Systems electronic health records and billing platform at its legacy Columbia St. Mary ’s hospitals and clinics this fall and is preparing a rollout by fall 2022 for hospitals and clinics in the Fox Valley. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Doctors and Hospitals Make Late Bid to Change Surprise Billing Ban
A lawsuit says the Biden administration ’s faulty interpretation of the law will harm medical providers. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 9, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Margot Sanger-Katz Tags: Hospitals Health Insurance and Managed Care Suits and Litigation (Civil) Law and Legislation Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation United States Politics and Government Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Regulation and Deregulation of Industry Source Type: news

AHA, AMA Sue Federal Government Over Surprise Billing Law AHA, AMA Sue Federal Government Over Surprise Billing Law
Associations seek to block the implementation of a federal plan that tilts heavily toward prevailing rates for payments in settling disputes on surprise medical bills.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - December 9, 2021 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert Source Type: news

Emergency Department Drug Surveillance (EDDS) hospital's urinalysis results compared with expanded re-testing by an independent laboratory, a pilot study - Schwartz BE, Dezman Z, Billing AS, Heine K, Massey E, Artigiani EE, Motavalli M, Burch G, Gandhi P, Wish ED.
INTRODUCTION: Most hospital urine toxicology screens detect a fixed, limited set of common substances. These tests are fast and accurate but may miss emerging trends in substance use in the community and clinical acumen alone is insufficient for identifyin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

ACR: Biden's stopgap spending bill comes up short for radiology
President Joseph Biden on December 3 signed legislation that averted a governmen...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Regulatory and payment issues that will impact radiology in 2022 CMS releases 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule CMS officially kills 'breakthrough' medical device program Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules SIR objects to CMS rule change (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 6, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Video from RSNA 2021: Regulatory changes for radiology in 2022
CHICAGO - What regulatory changes will be affecting radiology in 2022? We talke...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules ICD-10 coding changes your radiology practice should know ICD-10 coding changes that will impact radiologists in 2022 More pandemic relief is available from the HHS Provider Relief Fund It's time to get started on Provider Relief Fund reporting (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 3, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ACR mulls legal action over No Surprises Act implementation
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is considering taking legal action t...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Understanding dispute resolution under 'surprise billing' rules U.S. government issues final rule on 'no surprises' billing Study suggests No Surprises Act simply veils insurance coverage gaps Radiology groups can prepare now to implement the No Surprises Act What the new federal law on surprise billing means for radiology (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 1, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Review Choice Demonstration for Home Health Services; 2) Continuation of Data Collection to Support QHP Certification and other Financial Management and Exchange Operations; 3) Notice of Rescission of Coverage and Disclosure Requirements for Patient Protection under the Affordable Care Act; and 4) Requirements Related to Surprise Billing: Qualifying Payment Amount, Notice and Consent, and Disclosure on Patient Protections Against Balance Billing, and State Law Opt-in. Comments are due by January 25, 2022. (S...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 26, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news