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Celebrating everyday quality leadership through the eyes of Ashfield Meetings & Events
Quality is one of our core values at Ashfield and underpins everything we do. The theme for this year was ‘everyday leadership’ which set the tone and opened up discussions around our relationships with our clients and internal stakeholders. Employees from our Ashby De La Zouch, Indianapolis (US) and Ivyland (US) offices, as well as remote workers, came together in celebration of this event and took part in virtual and face-to-face sessions. These sessions included activities designed to encourage individuals to recognise and embrace qualitative behaviour and enhance the strengths of their own behaviour by brea...
Source: Ashfield Healthcare News - November 14, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Ewan Jamieson Tags: Ashfield Source Type: news

Netflix Email Scam Asks for Billing Information
3 hours ago ... AARP Members Enjoy Exclusive Discounts on Travel, Dining and More. Join Today ... More from AARP's Fraud Watch Network. Top scams  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - November 14, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

5 things to consider when evaluating your billing vendor
If you currently outsource your revenue cycle management, are you getting optimal...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: It's not too early to prepare for a MIPS audit MIPS reporting for 2017: What radiologists need to know Tips for imaging patients at rehabilitation facilities CMS sheds light on plans for clinical decision support Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Federal policy to reduce re-hospitalizations is linked to increased mortality rates
Federal policymakers five years ago introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program to spur hospitals to reduce Medicare readmission rates by penalizing them if they didn ’t. A new analysis led by researchers at UCLA and Harvard University, however, finds that the program may be so focused on keeping some patients out of the hospital that related death rates are increasing.In a study of 115,245 fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries at 416 hospitals, implementation of the reduction program was indeed linked to a decrease in readmissions at 30 days after discharge and at one year after discharge among people hos...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 12, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

9 Tips to Improve Patient Collections
Maintaining practice revenues is increasingly tough in the era of high-deductible health plans. Here are nine tips to improve patient collections. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: Billing and Collections Revenue Cycle Management Medical Billing & Physician Compensation Physician Compensation Survey Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic implements Epic at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota
ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic?s move toward a single, integrated electronic health record and billing system continues with the implementation of Epic at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota. Epic, which went live at those sites on Nov. 4, will replace the three electronic health record systems that Mayo Clinic now uses. The system [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 7, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

NLM Interlibrary Loan Service: Changes for the New Year
In addition to using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) DOCLINE system, libraries can soon send interlibrary loan (ILL) requests to NLM via Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), saving libraries already using OCLC time and effort by integrating these requests into their existing workflows. The change, beginning January 2018, gives libraries wanting to borrow materials from NLM three possible avenues for placing requests: DOCLINE, OCLC, and the NLM ILL Request Portal. DOCLINE, which has served medical libraries in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine since 1985, efficiently routed more than one ...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - November 6, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: DOCLINE News from NLM/NIH Source Type: news

Continued ‘Aggressive Audit Tactics’ by Private Payers and Government Regulators Following 2018 Medicare Part B Price Cuts Will Strain Profitability of Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups
Medical laboratory leaders must take steps to protect their lab’s financial stability and know how to prepare and respond to investigations and regulatory threats Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face a new normal that includes more frequent and tougher audits by both private payers and the government, resulting in larger monetary demands. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Blue Cross Blue Shield Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services cigna clinical laboratory Dark Daily David W. Source Type: news

Threats to Profitability Causing Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups to Take on Added Risk by Entering into ‘Problematic’ Business Relationships and Risky Pricing Plans
Medical laboratory leaders urged to scrutinize pricing policies, billing decisions, and structural relationships that could trigger commercial payer and regulatory action Clinical laboratories and pathology groups face another blow to their financial health on January 1, 2018, when new Medicare Part B price cuts take effect. Faced with increasing competition and declining reimbursement rates for […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 3, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology balance-billing clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report David W. Gee Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Jeffrey J. Sherrin Managed Service Organizations M Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be Instore for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be in Store for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

Coding Questions: Billing a Physical During a Follow-up
This month's coding questions include what to do with the ROS section of the EMR and whether or not to bill a physical during a follow-up. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 31, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Bill Dacey Tags: Population Health Health IT Career Coding Source Type: news

The true cost of radiology billing
One of the common questions radiologists have concerning their billing is how...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Is there a fox in your billing henhouse? Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism Who should do your radiology billing? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Aadom announces specialty network program
Red Bank, N.J., October 15, 2017– The American Association of Dental Office Management (AADOM) is proud to launch a new initiative for office managers and practice administrators of specialty dental practices. This initiative was recently announced at the AADOM Annual Conference in Scottsdale, much to the enthusiasm of AADOM members. This program was created as a result of AADOM specialty members requesting to discuss challenges found in non-general dental practices. These unique situations include scheduling, marketing, billing& coding, specific to each specialty. AADOM responded to this challenge with the ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - October 19, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Report: Quebec radiologists bill needlessly for angiograms
Quebec radiologists have been billing the provincial health insurance agency...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Radiation alarm Bleeper Sv reduces dose to cardiac cath staff Pediatric CT techniques scan hearts in a fraction of the dose Enhanced reference standard boosts CTA accuracy Pending Medicare decision roils cardiac CTA Image postprocessing boosts performance of multidetector CT coronary angiography (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Quebec radiologists billing $3M annually for obsolete task
Quebec radiologists are routinely billing RAMQ for analyzing coronary angiograms, sometimes years after procedures were carried out. The practice, deemed unnecessary by some, is costing taxpayers about $3 million a year, found Radio-Canada's Enquête. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Montreal Source Type: news

Ophthalmologists Spend Substantial Time on EHR Use Ophthalmologists Spend Substantial Time on EHR Use
Ophthalmologists spent more than three and a half hours per clinical day using EHRs, although billing levels and clinic volume led to variations in EHR use among physicians, a study has found.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Honored as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America
AUSTIN, TX – ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, announced that it has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, the fifth straight year that it has received the honor. In being named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list, ESO is honored among private U.S.-based companies that demonstrate the highest growth over a three-year period. “The rapid growth we’ve experienced is the result of many factors, but I’m particularly proud of the expert...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Honored as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America
AUSTIN, TX – ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, announced that it has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, the fifth straight year that it has received the honor. In being named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list, ESO is honored among private U.S.-based companies that demonstrate the highest growth over a three-year period. “The rapid growth we’ve experienced is the result of many factors, but I’m particularly proud of the expert...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

An Overview of Recent Legal Troubles for Physicians
Recent legal cases show why physicians need to remain buttoned-up tight when it comes to the legal side of practicing medicine. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing Compliance Career Source Type: news

Insurance Compensation for PRF?
Would anyone with experience share ways of billing for venipuncture and preparation of the PRF to be used in grafting sites? (Source: Dental Implants Discussed by Experts)
Source: Dental Implants Discussed by Experts - October 12, 2017 Category: Dentistry Authors: osseonews Tags: Clinical Questions Regenerative Source Type: news

10 Medical Practice Financial Reports Docs Need to See
Here are 10 relevant financial reports each physician at your practice should see … whether they read them or not. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Randy Dotinga Tags: Conferences/MGMA 2017 Revenue Cycle Management Medical Billing & Collections Physician Compensation Source Type: news

How to Embrace E-payment with Caring and Compassion
Here are nine tips to bring electronic payment into your practice while not interfering with the best care for patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Randy Dotinga Tags: Conferences/MGMA 2017 Revenue Cycle Management Medical Billing & Collections Patients Source Type: news

CMS Takes Steps to Help with Hurricane Nate Emergency Response
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced agency efforts to support Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi in response to Hurricane Nate, including waivers for hospitals and other healthcare facilities and special enrollment periods for hurricane victims. CMS is also allowing healthcare providers helping with recovery efforts to receive temporary billing privileges and licensed dialysis facilities not certified to provide care for Medicare beneficiaries to gain temporary Medicare provider status. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Knowing Payers & #039; Rules Can Save a lot of Money
Did you know that your insurance payers have very specific rules that you are required to follow? Don't leave money on the table. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: P.J. Cloud-Moulds Tags: Blog Billing and Collections Coding Contracts Payers Source Type: news

Duke MyChart's New Look Makes It Easier to Manage Your Health
Treatment TermsDuke MyChart Author Debbe Geiger Overview Duke ’s electronic health portal, MyChart, has made it easier for you to make appointments, access your test results, and pay bills. Starting October 22, our new look and new features make viewing a portion of your medical record and keeping track of your health simpler at home and on the go. Content Blocks CTA HeaderCheck Out Our New Look CTA Image CTA LinkDuke MyChart Section Features Call To Action Header Easier to Read, Simpler Functionality ContentThe first big change you ’ll notice when you sign on is Duke MyChart’s more modern ap...
Source: dukehealth.org: Duke Health News - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dg62 at duke.edu Source Type: news

It's not too early to prepare for a MIPS audit
Beginning in 2019, the level of reimbursement from Medicare to many physicians...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MIPS reporting for 2017: What radiologists need to know 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? (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

ImageTrend Expands Open Platform Data Sharing
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the expansion of its Open Platform data sharing through ImageTrend Health Information Hub (HIH). This industry-leading expansion enables EMS agencies to interchange data and transfer ePCR incidents with agencies using any NEMSIS version 3 certified system, breaking down the software-specific barriers that previously prevented local and regional partners from sharing encounter data. "The ability to obtain and transfer patient health data between agencies – regardless of which vendor they document their ePCRs in – is ground breaking,” commented Mike McBrady...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

ImageTrend Expands Open Platform Data Sharing
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the expansion of its Open Platform data sharing through ImageTrend Health Information Hub (HIH). This industry-leading expansion enables EMS agencies to interchange data and transfer ePCR incidents with agencies using any NEMSIS version 3 certified system, breaking down the software-specific barriers that previously prevented local and regional partners from sharing encounter data. "The ability to obtain and transfer patient health data between agencies – regardless of which vendor they document their ePCRs in – is ground breaking,” commented Mike McBrady...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

​Greater Cincinnati health care firm settles billing dispute with Taft
HealthWarehouse.Com revealed today that the Northern Kentucky company will pay nearly $1 million to Taft Stettinius& Hollister to settle what had been disputed legal bills. The Cincinnati law firm had sought payment of more than $1.4 million from the national online pharmacy based in Florence, which had contracted with Taft for legal services in April 2011 but failed to pay in full for several years. “This settlement agreement will allow the company to move forwar d with our business plans and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 4, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

​Greater Cincinnati health care firm settles billing dispute with Taft
HealthWarehouse.Com revealed today that the Northern Kentucky company will pay nearly $1 million to Taft Stettinius& Hollister to settle what had been disputed legal bills. The Cincinnati law firm had sought payment of more than $1.4 million from the national online pharmacy based in Florence, which had contracted with Taft for legal services in April 2011 but failed to pay in full for several years. “This settlement agreement will allow the company to move forwar d with our business plans and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 4, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Barrett J. Brunsman Source Type: news

Medical billing firm expands with acquisition
Practicefirst has completed a deal that adds half a dozen employees, and helps boost revenue by 10 percent. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 4, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Medical Laboratories, Hospitals, Doctors Turn to Zero-Interest Loans and Other Financing Options to Help Patients Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills
To help patients pay their clinical laboratory test bills, Sonora Quest Laboratories partners with CarePayment to provide patients with no-interest loans With tens of millions of Americans now covered by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), hospitals, physicians, and clinical laboratories now share a common problem: how to collect the full amount due for a patient […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 4, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing CarePayment clinical laboratory Craig Hodges Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark 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; Correction
Corrects several technical errors that were printed in an August 4, 2017, final rule, which updated fiscal year 2018 payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Corrections take effect October 1, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 4, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

ESO Solutions acquires Conduent Incorporated ’s FIREHOUSE Software
Austin, TX  -- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today it has acquired the FIREHOUSE Software business and suite of records emergency management products from Conduent Government Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Conduent, Incorporated. In addition, ESO Solutions has hired all of Conduent’s employees on the FIREHOUSE team. The FIREHOUSE Software acquisition further accelerates ESO Solutions’ growth into the healthcare and fire service software and data sectors. With the acquisition, ESO will now...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions acquires Conduent Incorporated ’s FIREHOUSE Software
Austin, TX  -- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today it has acquired the FIREHOUSE Software business and suite of records emergency management products from Conduent Government Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Conduent, Incorporated. In addition, ESO Solutions has hired all of Conduent’s employees on the FIREHOUSE team. The FIREHOUSE Software acquisition further accelerates ESO Solutions’ growth into the healthcare and fire service software and data sectors. With the acquisition, ESO will now...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

CMS Offers Broad Support for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with Hurricane Maria Recovery
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined several of the administrative actions they have taken in Hurricane Maria recovery efforts for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include a waiver for certain Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP requirements for healthcare facilities, special enrollment opportunities through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange, transfer of patients for dialysis care, and a Medicare Part B Provider hotline to assist providers helping with recovery efforts enroll in federal health programs and receive temporary billing privileges while waiving the typical requirements for th...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 2, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Blockchain Technology Could Impact How Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Exchange Lab Test Data
Insurers might use blockchain technology to enable instantaneous verification and interoperability of healthcare records, which could impact clinical laboratory payment systems Medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are keenly aware that connected, secure, interoperable health records are critical to smooth, efficient workflows. However, the current often dysfunctional state of health information technology (HIT) in America’s […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 29, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimburs 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, and Correction of the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza
Corrects several technical errors that were printed in an August 4, 2017, final rule, which updated fiscal year 2018 payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Corrections take effect October 1, 2017, and final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for October 4, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

McCaskill launches inquiry into allegations of ER overbilling
Prompted by reports of “skyrocketing” emergency care costs, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., launched an inquiry into Envision Health and its subsidiary, EmCare Holdings Inc. In a letter dated Sept. 20, McCaskill said she launched the inquiry after a Yale University study found “notable changes” in patient care and billing in 16 hospital emergency departments after the physician staffing and management company got involved. That included a 70 percent increase in out-of-network billing rates… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

McCaskill launches inquiry into allegations of overbilling by ER operator
Prompted by reports of “skyrocketing” emergency care costs, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., launched an inquiry into Envision Health and its subsidiary, EmCare Holdings Inc. In a letter dated Sept. 20, McCaskill said she launched the inquiry after a Yale University study found “notable changes” in patient care and billing in 16 hospital emergency departments after the physician staffing and management company got involved. That included a 70 percent increase in out-of-network billing rates… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 27, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

How a Mistake Could Help You Save Hundreds on Flights
This article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie Lieberman / Travel + Leisure Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Wisconsin hospital joining SSM sues Cerner for $16 million
Agnesian Healthcare Inc., a hospital in Fond Du Lac, Wis., is suing Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq: CERN) for breach of warranty and fraud after claiming issues in its billing software resulted in losses of more than $16 million. In a complaint filed Sept. 15, Agnesian claimed problems with Cerner's revenue cycle system began immediately after its installation, resulting in "pervasive errors" in patient billing statements. Agnesian said it had paid $300,000 for the software, which went live in 2015. SSM… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 26, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Wisconsin hospital joining SSM sues Cerner for $16 million
Agnesian Healthcare Inc., a hospital in Fond Du Lac, Wis., is suing Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq: CERN) for breach of warranty and fraud after claiming issues in its billing software resulted in losses of more than $16 million. In a complaint filed Sept. 15, Agnesian claimed problems with Cerner's revenue cycle system began immediately after its installation, resulting in "pervasive errors" in patient billing statements. Agnesian said it had paid $300,000 for the software, which went live in 2015. SSM… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 26, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Wisconsin hospital sues Cerner for $16 million
Agnesian Healthcare Inc., a hospital in Fond Du Lac, Wis., is suing Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq: CERN) for breach of warranty and fraud after claiming issues in its billing software resulted in losses of more than $16 million. In a complaint filed Sept. 15, Agnesian claimed problems with Cerner's revenue cycle system began immediately after its installation, resulting in in "pervasive errors" in patient billing statements. Agnesian said it had paid $300,000 for the software, which went live in 2015. The… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 25, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

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

Because of Expanded Numbers of Patients with High-deductible Health Plans, Patients Are Now Responsible for 30% of Hospital Revenues
Medical laboratories and pathology groups should expect point-of-service collection strategies to become increasingly important to their overall success Not only is patient bad debt a growing problem for the nation’s hospitals, but it is now getting national attention within the hospital industry. This is bad news for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, because the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 22, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement AccuReg Avality Brian Sanderson ClearBalance clinical laborat 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