Baring set to acquire health tech co AGS in Rs 2,230cr deal
The Chennai and Newark-based AGS provides a host of services, including medical billing, claim submission, denial management and medical coding. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - March 14, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Prescription Drug Pricing Hearing: Is The Senate Probing In The Wrong Place?
Last week a Senate hearing was held on prescription drug prices. To be constructive the Senate should not only probe the pricing of prescription drugs by pharmaceutical manufacturers, it should also investigate the billing and pricing practices of hospitals, physicians, and insurers. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 4, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joshua Cohen, Contributor Source Type: news

The World & #039;s Most Innovative Medtech Companies
Innovation is medtech's middle name, so it's always a nice surprise to see companies in the industry honored for being innovative. Fast Company released a list Wednesday recognizing 10 such companies in the biotech sector. Below, we highlight the companies on the list that are developing medical devices or diagnostics (excluding companies that are more on the pharma and biotech side of the life sciences industry). Foundation Medicine Foundation Medicine develops genomic profiling assays to pair cancer patients with relevant treatments and clinical trials. The company was ranked first among the Top 1...
Source: MDDI - February 20, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

5 good reads: Cerner CEO's new plan, Sprint lobbies Congress
When Brent Shafer was named CEO of Cerner Corp. a year ago, he seemed to have a personality as big as the title he ’d assumed. Yet, after a big introduction, Shafer was relatively quiet for months. But Shafer appears ready to step into the spotlight, recently rolling out what Cerner is billing as a new operating model. The new strategy is one of a handful of developments with big players and big stories that you need to know about. 1. Health care’s next step — Cerner’s new operating model… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 17, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

5 good reads: Cerner CEO's new plan, Sprint lobbies Congress
When Brent Shafer was named CEO of Cerner Corp. a year ago, he seemed to have a personality as big as the title he ’d assumed. Yet, after a big introduction, Shafer was relatively quiet for months. But Shafer appears ready to step into the spotlight, recently rolling out what Cerner is billing as a new operating model. The new strategy is one of a handful of developments with big players and big stories that you need to know about. 1. Health care’s next step — Cerner’s new operating model… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 17, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

5 good reads: Cerner CEO's new plan; Sprint lobbies Congress
When Brent Shafer was named as CEO of Cerner Corp. a year ago, he seemed to have a personality as big as the title he ’d assumed. Yet, after a big introduction, Shafer was relatively quiet for months. But Shafer appears ready to step into the spotlight, recently rolling out what Cerner is billing as a new operating model. The new strategy is one of a handful of developments with big players and big stories that you need to know about. 1. Health care’s next step — Cerner’s new operating model… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Kaberline Source Type: news

Providence buys Seattle blockchain startup to slash billing costs
Providence launched a population health company earlier this month and raised its second $150 million health care startup fund in January. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 11, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Casey Coombs Source Type: news

Georgia's famed Roosevelt Warm Springs hospital says billing dispute could force it to close
Roosevelt Warm Springs was founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927 as a polio treatment center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: David Allison Source Type: news

Georgia's famed Roosevelt Warm Springs hospital says billing dispute could force it to close
Roosevelt Warm Springs was founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927 as a polio treatment center. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: David Allison Source Type: news

Some thoughts on Dr. Phillip Berman and CT lung screening
Radiologist and imaging entrepreneur Dr. Phillip Berman died of lung cancer...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASCO: CT lung cancer screening rates continue to stagnate Cancer deaths continue to fall, but CT lung screening lags AuntMinnie founder Phil Berman dies Berman joins Amicas board Berman leaves KodakComments: 2/8/2019 10:55:37 AMDr. Renaudin I had the extreme pleasure to work with Phil who was a visionary. With Steve Weiss (Phil's boss) at Lumisys I remember Phil's energy and passion to launch of the innovative radiology portal. We tested the name of AuntMinnie.com in a survey. Radiologi...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 8, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Rural, For-Profit Hospitals Closing at an Alarming Rate Putting Some Independent Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups at Risk
Most of the hospital closures occurred in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs following the Affordable Care Act of 2014 Sustained financial pressure is not limited to clinical laboratories. Rural hospitals are under grave financial pressure as well. These hospitals are particularly vulnerable, and many have closed their doors, leaving local physicians and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 8, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Clinical Laboratory/ Pathology Coding, Billing, and Collection Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Pa. attorney general takes aim at UPMC
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro took aim at UPMC in Commonwealth Court, asking the court to modify a consent decree between Highmark and UPMC that is set to run out June 30. The petition, filed Thursday afternoon by Shapiro, seeks a modification to make sure UPMC provides open, affordable access under a negotiated contract and last best-offer arbitration if contract negotiations fail. It also would seek to prevent "excessive and unreasonable billing practices inconsis tent with its status… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 7, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

Trinity Health restructuring to affect nearly 200 Philadelphia-area jobs
Trinity Health said Wednesday it is making systemwide changes to its information technology and patient billing service workforce that will affect nearly 200 jobs in this region. The Catholic health system based in Linova, Mich., is creating three centralized billing service centers and switching to a single information system platform in a restructuring that will mean potential job changes and relocations for about 1,650 employees.  "Trinity Health is transforming at th e clinical and administrative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Trinity Health restructuring to affect nearly 200 Philadelphia-area jobs
Trinity Health said Wednesday it is making systemwide changes to its information technology and patient billing service workforce that will affect nearly 200 jobs in this region. The Catholic health system based in Linova, Mich., is creating three centralized billing service centers and switching to a single information system platform in a restructuring that will mean potential job changes and relocations for about 1,650 employees.  "Trinity Health is transforming at th e clinical and administrative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 6, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Group Calls for Radical Reform of E/M Documentation Guidelines Group Calls for Radical Reform of E/M Documentation Guidelines
The American Medical Informatics Association is calling for an EHR strategy of'decoupling clinical documentation from billing, regulatory, and administrative compliance requirements. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

New CMS Final Rule Makes Clinical Laboratory Test/Procedure Pricing Listed on Hospital Chargemasters Available to Public
Experts are skeptical of the value of public price lists based on hospital chargemasters due to complexity and poor reflection of actual costs In another big step toward helping consumers view prices of medical procedures when selecting providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) passed the IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule, which requires hospitals […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 30, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Hospitals are forced to publish price lists, long kept secret: ANALYSIS
Advocates say these prices are important for billing transparency. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA Authorizes 23andMe to Report Results of Direct-to-Consumer Pharmacogenetics Test to Customers without a Prescription, Bypassing Doctors and Clinical Laboratories
FDA cautions patients to not use data gained from the DTC test to make healthcare decisions on their own Clinical laboratories continue to be impacted by the growing direct-to-consumer (DTC) testing market, as more walk-in lab customers order at-home tests. Now, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized a DTC test company to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 23, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACR American College of Ra Source Type: news

Bill Correctly for Same-Day Services Bill Correctly for Same-Day Services
In this monthly column, coding expert Betsy Nicoletti answers physician questions about billing an office visit with an annual exam, and when to bill as co-surgeons on a procedure.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Balance Billing Under Increased Scrutiny at Both State and Federal Levels; Clinical Laboratory Tests Top List of Surprise Bills Received by Patients
Experts blame insurance regulators for not ensuring the adequacy of healthcare networks that include hospital-based physicians, such as pathologists and radiologists According to a recent study, clinical laboratories, anatomic pathologists, radiologists, and anesthesiologists top the list of providers who bill patients for the difference between what they charge for their services and a hospital’s contracted […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 21, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACR American College of Ra Source Type: news

MedPAC Recommends Killing'Incident to' Billing
(MedPage Today) -- The change would save millions of Medicare dollars each year, make NP/PA contributions more transparent (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 18, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

TriHealth adjusts billing because of federal shutdown
TriHealth officials said today that the hospital system won ’t bill federal workers for medical services until the partial shutdown of the U.S. government ends. The Cincinnati-based hospital system won’t require a co-pay if a patient lets the reception desk at a medical office know before receiving care that he or she is a government employee. “TriHe alth understands many local residents are being impacted financially by the federal government shutdown,” spokesman Mike Mattingly said. “We… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 18, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

25% of Antibiotic Prescriptions Are Unnecessary. Here ’s Why That’s So Dangerous
The overuse of antibiotics is a growing problem. When used too frequently or inappropriately, the drugs can become ineffective for conditions they could normally treat since bacteria can develop resistance to them. As more bacteria are becoming resistant to all available antibiotics, there will be fewer, and sometimes not any, antibiotic options for people who might truly need them to control life-threatening infections. Now, a new study published in the BMJ puts some hard numbers on just how often they’re overprescribed. Nearly 25% of the time, antibiotics are inappropriately prescribed, the study finds. The study a...
Source: TIME: Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized antibiotic resistance antibiotics Drugs healthytime Source Type: news

No Big Health Policy Moves Expected From Congress
(MedPage Today) -- Instead, issues like drug costs, surprise billing may bring agreement, experts say (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Illinois hospital announces partnership with online heath care market provider
HSHS St. Elizabeth ’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois, has partnered with an online health care market provider to help save money for patients without insurance. Hospital officials said the partnership, with online health care market provider MDsave, would give patients access to a wide variety of medical procedu res at upfront prices up to 60 percent off the average market cost, as well as simplified billing and educational resources. MDsave allows patients to search geographically by procedure,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - January 16, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Double-Digit Increase in Medicare Advantage Plan Growth May Be Good News for Seniors but Bad News for Local Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups in 2019
Popularity of Medicare Advantage Plans fuels influx of new companies into the marketplace with anticipated enrollment of more than 22.6 million beneficiaries, or more than one-third of Medicare-eligible consumers Continuing enrollment growth in Medicare Advantage plans is expected in 2019 and beyond. The projections are for double-digit percentage increases in Medicare Advantage enrollees. This is […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 16, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Source Type: news

Proposed Insurance Billing Change'Dangerous,' Say Groups
The Academy and five fellow medical organizations object to a proposed rule that would require health insurance exchange plans that cover certain woman's health services to send separate bills. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 15, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

5 Services Psychiatrists Forget to Bill For 5 Services Psychiatrists Forget to Bill For
Details are important when documenting a mental health consultation. Here are five services that are often overlooked when it comes to coding and billing.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Generex Biotech inks $1m deal to acquire distributor Medisource Partners
Generex Biotechnology said yesterday that it inked a deal to acquire medical and surgical product distributor Medisource Partners in a deal worth approximately $1 million. Miramar, Fla.-based Generex said that the deal includes all assets of Medisource including its business operations, accounts receivable, inventory, contracts and real estate for $1 million worth of Generex stock, as well as additional cash and stock considerations for achieving certain sales and profit milestones. “The strategic acquisition of Medisource Partners provides Generex with a value-added service model that fits the corporate mission of N...
Source: Mass Device - January 11, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution Mergers & Acquisitions Generex Biotechnology Corp. Source Type: news

Zoll Medical acquires Payor Logic
Zoll Medical said today that it acquired healthcare software solution developer Payor Logic for an undisclosed amount. Centerville, Ohio-based Payor Logic develops and supports accounts receivable software solutions specifically for the healthcare industry. The solutions are intended for use by emergency medical services, emergency physicians, DME providers, hospitals and labs, Zoll said. “In today’s environment, healthcare organizations must consider the bottom line across their operations. We’ve always delivered better efficiencies to our customers, but with Payor Logic technology, our customers will se...
Source: Mass Device - January 9, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Mergers & Acquisitions Software / IT Zoll Medical Corp. Source Type: news

Stericycle, investors agree on tentative $45m settlement over fraud charges
Stericycle (NSDQ:SRCL) last month agreed to a tentative settlement with investors who brought a putative class action against it over allegedly fraudulent business practices. The agreement follows a similar, nearly $27 million settlement approved in February 2016 of a whistleblower lawsuit that accused the Lake Forest, Ill.-based medical waste disposal firm of overbilling federal and state governments. Both suits alleged that the company imposed price increases of up to 18% on its customers, in violation of the False Claims Act and its own contracts with the customers, according to court documents. The purpo...
Source: Mass Device - January 4, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Sterilization / Calibration Wall Street Beat stericycle Source Type: news

LifeBridge Health sued by consumers over data breach
A class action lawsuit has been filed against LifeBridge Health Inc., seven months after the Baltimore health system reported a cybersecurity breach that affected the personal data of more than 500,000 Maryland patients. Baltimore law firm Murphy, Falcon& Murphy said the suit was filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City Wednesday, on behalf of consumers whose personal information, including names, addresses and dates of birth, billing information, electronic medical records, medication information, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 20, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

OIG: Medicare contractors overpaid for radiation therapies
Medicare contractors may have significantly overpaid for intensity-modulated radiation therapy services, according to a new report from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General. In its report, the OIG said that it reviewed claims paid to hospitals from National Government Services, Inc., that contained specific IMRT services at risk for noncompliance with Medicare requirements. The office identified 25,9000 claims paid by NGS that contained “potentially unallowable IMRT services totaling $80.1 million.” The federal watchdog estimates that Centers for Medicare and Medica...
Source: Mass Device - December 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Featured Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) Source Type: news

Rural facilities have harder time retaining IRs
Small hospitals and rural communities have a harder time than their urban counterparts...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How to fix the 'boys' club' in interventional radiology Interventional radiology used for Melania Trump procedure SIR touts interventional radiology on Capitol Hill SIR studies show breadth of interventional radiology Coding and billing considerations in interventional radiology (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 17, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Six Michigan Physicians Charged in $464M Pain Pill Conspiracy Six Michigan Physicians Charged in $464M Pain Pill Conspiracy
Federal prosecutors have charged six Detroit-area physicians with fraudulent billing in connection with a scheme to hook patients on opioids and then force them to undergo unnecessary procedures.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

UnitedHealth, Envision deal settles months-long dispute
After almost a year of lawsuits, op-eds and accusations of over-billing and “tactics that fuel conflict,” Nashville-based Envision Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have reached a compromise. On Tuesday, the two companies announced they have agreed to a contract extension that will allow the Minnetonka, Minn.-based health insurer to cover services from Envision physician s, according to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nashville-based Envision was the city’s third-largest… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

UnitedHealth, Envision deal settles months-long dispute
After almost a year of lawsuits, op-eds and accusations of over-billing and “tactics that fuel conflict,” Nashville-based Envision Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have reached a compromise. On Tuesday, the two companies announced they have agreed to a contract extension that will allow the Minnetonka, Minn.-based health insurer to cover services from Envision physician s, according to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nashville-based Envision was the city’s third-largest… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Envision reaches deal in long-running dispute with insurance giant
After almost a year of lawsuits, op-eds and accusations of over-billing and “tactics that fuel conflict,” Nashville-based Envision Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have reached a compromise. On Tuesday, the two companies announced they have agreed to a contract extension that will allow the Minneapolis-based health insurer to cover services from Envision physicians, acc ording to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nashville-based Envision was the city’s third-largest publicly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Envision reaches deal in long-running dispute with insurance giant
After almost a year of lawsuits, op-eds and accusations of over-billing and “tactics that fuel conflict,” Nashville-based Envision Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare have reached a compromise. On Tuesday, the two companies announced they have agreed to a contract extension that will allow the Minneapolis-based health insurer to cover services from Envision physicians, acc ording to a news release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nashville-based Envision was the city’s third-largest publicly… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Why your practice should accept electronic payments
It's hard to believe, but there are still some radiology practices that do...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Understanding the value of RVUs in radiology A review of ACR comments on MPFS proposed rule for 2019 How Medicare fee schedule changes will affect radiology How patient consumerism affects today's radiology practice Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 10, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

D.C. Week: Health Spending Growth Slows; Azar Blasts Medicare for All
(MedPage Today) -- MedPAC contemplates an end to " incident to " billing for NPs and PAs (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 8, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

MedPAC Mulls Scrapping'Incident To' Billing for NPs, PAs
(MedPage Today) -- Commission also discusses new path to turn mid-level providers into full-fledged physicians (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - December 6, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

St. Louis health care worker pleads guilty to billing Medicaid while on a cruise ship
A St. Louis home health care worker has pleaded guilty for making false statements to Medicaid. Demagio Smith, 28 and of St. Louis, admitted to repeatedly submitting false time sheets to Medicaid that said he was working as a home health care aide from 2013 to 2017 as part of his plea agreement. However, he was actually working another job or traveling outside of Missouri at the time, includ ing to California, New Jersey, the Virgin Islands and on a Caribbean cruise ship, according to the U.S. Attorney’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Vince Brennan Source Type: news

St. Louis health care worker pleads guilty to billing Medicaid while on a cruise ship
A St. Louis home health care worker has pleaded guilty for making false statements to Medicaid. Demagio Smith, 28 and of St. Louis, admitted to repeatedly submitting false time sheets to Medicaid that said he was working as a home health care aide from 2013 to 2017 as part of his plea agreement. However, he was actually working another job or traveling outside of Missouri at the time, includ ing to California, New Jersey, the Virgin Islands and on a Caribbean cruise ship, according to the U.S. Attorney’s… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 4, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Vince Brennan Source Type: news

ACHC and Imark Billing Form Partnership
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is excited to announce its new partnership with Imark Billing. This agreement allows Imark Billing customers to receive special pricing on ACHC’s Home...(PRWeb December 04, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/achc_and_imark_billing_form_partnership/prweb15967276.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - December 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Chronically Ill, Traumatically Billed: The $123,000 Medicine For MS
Shereese Hickson’s doctor wanted her to try the infusion drug Ocrevus for her multiple sclerosis. Even though Hickson is trained as a medical billing coder, she was shocked to see two doses of the drug priced at $123,019, with her share set at $3,620. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Promises (and Problems) of Real World Data
By David Kronfeld, Head of Real World Data Innovation, Medidata Solutions Medtech is just starting to access the rich well of real-world data (RWD), which offers some incredible opportunities to build more successful and useful devices. RWD technology can be employed to improve patient recruitment, efficiently deploy a sales team, identify unmet needs in regions, and to tell a value story. But there is a problem with medical device companies’ expectations of RWD. Data aren’t magic—they are a digital representation of what actually happens in a real care setting—and there is no such thing as complete...
Source: Mass Device - November 26, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: Sponsored Content Medidata Solutions Source Type: news

Child and adolescent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts: evidence from the healthcare cost and utilization project - Carbone JT, Holzer KJ, Vaughn MG.
OBJECTIVES: To examine the trends associated with child and adolescent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts and to compare these trends to those among the adult population. STUDY DESIGN: A nationally representative sample of administrative billing data w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Canadian Province Solves Biopsy Backlog by Adding Staff and Calling on Pathologists to Help with ‘Gross Examination’ Stage of Biopsy Tests
Physicians in Saskatchewan called for changes after wait times for anatomic pathology test results reached six weeks or more Anatomic pathologist and histopathologist shortages have plagued the single-payer healthcare systems in Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) in recent years. The consequence is increased wait times for physicians in both countries to receive medical laboratory […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 14, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations anatomic pathology clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intellig Source Type: news

HQ2 for OhioHealth? Dublin considering $4.9M in incentives for offices with 1,500 jobs
OhioHealth Corp. plans to buy and renovate a Dublin office building to house up to 1,500 billing, IT and other office workers – including 200 new jobs – in addition to the main headquarters the health system is building in Columbus. Dublin City Council was to vote Monday on $4.9 million worth of incentives over 11 years to keep and grow OhioHealth's non-clinical workforce already in the city. Several scattered office leases in the city will expire over the next two years, according to an economic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 6, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news