Nearly One Million Patient Records of Hospitals, Health Clinics, Medical Laboratories, and other Providers Stolen in Ransomware Attack on Medical Records Company
Clinical labs should proactively investigate how a vendor will respond to a data security incident and how quickly, says expert Clinical laboratory managers in New York and surrounding areas should be aware that  almost one million protected health information (PHI) records from as many as 28 healthcare providers appear to have been stolen from a […] The post Nearly One Million Patient Records of Hospitals, Health Clinics, Medical Laboratories, and other Providers Stolen in Ransomware Attack on Medical Records Company appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 19, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Resources Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology BioReference Laboratories clinical laboratory cyberattack Dark Daily dark intelligence group Source Type: news

Multiple Blue Cross Insurers Sue Nebraska-based Clinical Laboratory Company for Alleged COVID-19 Test Price Gauging
Insurers from three states claim pandemic start-up medical lab company charged as much as $979 for SARS-CoV-2 PCR test In an unprecedented move, Blue Cross insurers in three states are suing a clinical laboratory company in Nebraska for test price gauging during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit claims that the lab company charged as much […] The post Multiple Blue Cross Insurers Sue Nebraska-based Clinical Laboratory Company for Alleged COVID-19 Test Price Gauging appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 7, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing 88MED anatomic pathology APM Reports Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City Source Type: news

M & A wrap: Cybersecurity consulting firm CynergisTek bought for nearly $18M; ESO, PayrHealth open wallets
CynergisTek drops off NYSE American exchange after a $17.7 million buyout, ESO completes a deal that pushes its headcount to 645 and two Austin companies trying to simplifying the medical billing process combine. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 2, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: American City Business Journals staff Source Type: news

Danielle becomes first hurricane of the 2022 Atlantic season
The Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm, which debuted earlier this week, got its full billing Friday. #hurricaneseason #danielle (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EBSA, IRS, HHS: Requirements Related to Surprise Billing
Notice of final rules from the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that protect participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees in group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage from surprise medical bills. This rule finalizes certain disclosure requirements relating to information that group health plans, and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, must share about the qualifying payment amount (QPA). This rule also finalizes provisions rela...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 26, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins All Children ’s Hospital names new CFO
The new CFO will oversee the financial planning and analysis, financial accounting, hospital and professional billing, patient access and more. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 25, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Devonta Davis Source Type: news

Public Inspection: EBSA, IRS, HHS: Requirements Related to Surprise Billing
Pre-publication notice of final rule from the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Department of Health and Human Services implementing provisions of the No Surprises Act that protect participants, beneficiaries, and enrollees in group health plans and group and individual health insurance coverage from surprise medical bills. This rule finalizes certain disclosure requirements relating to information that group health plans, and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage, must share about the qualifying payment amount (QPA). This rule also finalizes ...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 25, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Surprise Billing Regulations Finalize Insurer-Doctor Dispute Process
(MedPage Today) -- HHS issued its final rule Friday for part of the No Surprises Act, smoothing over some language that physician groups had argued would give insurers an unfair advantage in pricing disputes, although the rule itself is largely... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 22, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical groups raise questions about out-of-network rates
A coalition of groups representing specialty physicians is raising question...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACR hails request to hold surprise billing appeal ACR, other societies continue surprise billing lawsuit Legal win forces a change to the No Surprises Act ACR applauds challenge to No Surprises Act ACR seeks summary judgment in No Surprises Act suit (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 17, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Raleigh software company acquired by Winston-Salem partner
Despite other suitors offering more money, a Raleigh-based software firm has picked a Winston-Salem billing company to be its acquirer – a move both CEOs say could mean jobs in the Triangle. Winston-Salem-based EMS Management& Consultants has acquired longtime business partner VAIRKKO, a workforce and operations management software company based in Raleigh. Financial terms were not released. Brian Polackoff, co-founder of Vairkko, has a long history in the EMS industry – having even worked… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 16, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lauren Ohnesorge Source Type: news

Medical Debt Collectors Added to Wrongful Billing Lawsuit
(MedPage Today) -- Two medical debt collection agencies have been added to a Washington state lawsuit against 14 associated hospitals over alleged violations of consumer protection laws related to financial assistance practices, the state's attorney... (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 11, 2022 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Emergency providers don't face much legal risk from POCUS use
Emergency medicine providers who use point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) don'...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Butterfly Network seeks dismissal of Fujifilm Sonosite suit Lawsuit over PACS hack in New York dismissed ACR, other societies continue surprise billing lawsuit Radiologists more likely to be sued among medical professions Top 10 tips for newly graduated radiologists (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 11, 2022 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Scientists Learn More About the History of Stars in Latest Webb Telescope Images
The world was gobsmacked last month when the James Webb Space Telescope released its first clutch of images, showing nebulae, galactic clusters, binary stars, and more. Things have quieted down a bit since, as the telescope team begins to set about the 25 or so years of work the Webb is thought to have ahead of it. But, as Space.com reports, the telescope made news again this week, when astronomers announced that it had spotted the farthest individual star ever seen. Named Earendel, after a character in Lord of the Rings, the star is located 12.9 billion light years from Earth, which means that Webb saw it as it looked 12....
Source: TIME: Science - August 4, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate Space Source Type: news

New Study on Hospital Pricing by Houston Business Group Highlights Gaps Between Medicare and Private Insurance Payments
Employer group in Houston plans to use the numbers to pressure lawmakers for policy changes involving how hospitals and health plans price their services Clinical laboratory leaders will probably not be surprised to learn that wide disparities exist between what Medicare pays hospitals and what is paid by private insurers and employers. That’s according to […] The post New Study on Hospital Pricing by Houston Business Group Highlights Gaps Between Medicare and Private Insurance Payments appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 3, 2022 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jillia Schlingman Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory News Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement anatomic pathology Baylor St. Luke’s Chris Skisak PhD clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2023; Changes to the Requirements for the Director of Food and Nutrition Services and Physical Environment Requirements in Long-Term Care Facilities
Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the skilled nursing facility (SNF) payment rates for fiscal year 2023, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) parity adjustment, the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, and more. Among other things, this rule establishes a permanent cap policy to smooth the impact of year-to-year changes in SNF payments related to changes in the SNF wage index and announces the application of a risk adjustment for the SNF Readmission Measure for COVID-19 beginning in FY 2023. Includes rural references thr...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - August 3, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news