AngioDynamics to pay $13m to settle False Claims charges
AngioDynamics (NSDQ:ANGO) agreed to pay a total of nearly $13 million to settle charges that it broke the False Claims Act for a chemotherapy delivery device and a peripheral vein treatment. Latham, N.Y.-based AngioDynamics distributed the LC Bead embolization microspheres made by BTG (LON:BTG) subsidiary Biocompatibles. Although cleared for embolizations, the companies allegedly marketed LC Bead from May 2006 through December 2011 as a drug-delivery vehicle for chemotherapy agents, according to federal prosecutors in New York and Texas. The company admitted no liability in agreeing to the settlements, they ...
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Legal News AngioDynamics Source Type: news

Comparative Billing Reports CBR201806 Webinar
August 22, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS Plugs Changes to E/M Coding
(MedPage Today) -- Agency argues that streamlined billing codes will reduce physician burden (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medicare Will Likely Face Pushback on Physician Pay Changes Medicare Will Likely Face Pushback on Physician Pay Changes
CMS has unveiled a proposed overhaul of evaluation and management billing that may create'winners and losers'among specialties, while leaving the 2018 MIPS reporting period unchanged.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

How patient consumerism affects today's radiology practice
Consumerism in the world of healthcare means that patients are taking a more...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments First steps toward APM participation for radiologists How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology? Are you ready for Medicare's value modifier adjustment for 2018? Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 16, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

St. Louis County doctor pleads guilty of obstructing FBI investigation
A St. Louis County doctor has pleaded guilty to obstructing an FBI investigation regarding Medicare billing. Dr. Vidal Sheen, 58, who operated a medical office in St. Louis County, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing an investigation by the FBI regarding whether he billed the Medicare program and private insurers for “face to face” office visits with patients, during times when he was traveling outs ide the state of Missouri, and in some cases outside the U.S., according to a release from the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

St. Louis County doctor pleads guilty of obstructing FBI investigation
A St. Louis County doctor has pleaded guilty to obstructing an FBI investigation regarding Medicare billing. Dr. Vidal Sheen, 58, who operated a medical office in St. Louis County, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing an investigation by the FBI regarding whether he billed the Medicare program and private insurers for “face to face” office visits with patients, during times when he was traveling outs ide the state of Missouri, and in some cases outside the U.S., according to a release from the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brian Robbins Source Type: news

Radiology escapes big cuts to Medicare payments in 2019
Radiology will largely escape major cuts in reimbursement for Medicare studies...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules How 2018 coding changes will affect radiology practices No radiology cuts in final 2018 MPFS; CDS pushed back MedPAC considers repeal of MIPS value program (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 13, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Meet the 2018 Fast 50 honorees: PracticeForces
Company: PracticeForces Location: Clearwater Industry: Medical billing, coding, revenue cycle management and practice management consulting How would you describe what your company does to a friend or family member who may not know? PracticeForces has been simplifying billing solutions for our clients since 2003. We p rovide complete revenue cycle management and medical practice consulting and can manage all or a portion of the billing tasks for the medical practice. We have had the privilege… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Chris Erickson Source Type: news

CMS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program would streamline clinician billing and expand access to high-quality care. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratory Compliance Practices Under Pressure as Federal Spotlight Is Aimed at Common Fraud and Abuse Schemes; Penalties for Violations Surge
New healthcare fraud prevention partnership white paper outlines the most common abuses and the reasons clinical laboratories are susceptible to fraudulent practices When it comes to questionable marketing and billing practices for lab testing, clinical laboratory companies can expect increased scrutiny and enforcement actions by federal healthcare authorities. That’s one message in a recently-issued white […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 11, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Michael Tags: Clinical Laboratory Compliance Consultants Clinical Laboratory/ Pathology Coding, Billing, and Collection Resources Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Management & Operations Webinars AKS anatomic path Source Type: news

Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments
The Medicare rules for billing services performed in off-campus hospital outpatient...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: First steps toward APM participation for radiologists New service tracks incidental lung nodules on CT scans How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology? Are you ready for Medicare's value modifier adjustment for 2018? Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 5, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

June 28, 2018: Southern District of Florida Charges 124 Individuals Responsible for $337 Million in False Billing as Part of National Healthcare Fraud Takedown
(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - June 28, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

CMS Policy to reduce hospital-acquired conditions had minimal impact
(Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) Hospitals may have avoided financial penalties by billing hospital-associated conditions (HAC) as present at the time of the patient's admission, supporting prior work that showed that a Medicare policy designed to monetarily penalize hospitals for preventable complications had an insignificant impact on reducing healthcare-associated infections. The new research was published today in Infection Control& Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zotec releases new advocacy website
Medical billing firm Zotec Partners has launched an advocacy website that allows...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Zotec sponsors Butler University's athletics Zotec awarded NC contract Zotec renews contract with Wash. firm Zotec renews contract in South Carolina Zotec signs with Ohio firm (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Hospital billing platform Cedar secures $36M in venture capital
New York-area startups and venture capitalists are making funding deals with the hopes of creating the next profitable company. Here's one deal announced Monday: Who gets: Cedar, the patient billing management platform for hospitals and medical groups, announced a Series B fundraising round. Amount raised: $36 million. The round comes just seven months after Cedar received $13 million in Series A funding. Who invests: Kinnevik led the campaign alongside existing investors Founders Fund and Thrive… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 25, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Anthony Noto Source Type: news

More Cash - Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
Trend is requiring providers to proactively develop comprehensive policies (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - June 22, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Source Type: news

Bridging the Healthcare Interoperability Gap
Interoperability has been a major challenge in healthcare since the early days of electronic medical records. A 2015 survey of nurses found that the lack of interoperability between medical devices and electronic health records is not only burdensome for them but can lead to dangerous medical errors. Some healthcare organizations have attempted to integrate their systems to streamline data, but doing so has been a slow, expensive process that is also difficult to maintain. Now, a startup company founded just last year, has developed an integration platform as a service intended to ease some of that pain for healthcare...
Source: MDDI - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

More Cash-Pay Patients Means Docs Need Billing Strategies
THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 -- More patients are paying for health care services with cash, and this means physician practices need a comprehensive billing policy, according to an article published in Medical Economics. High-deductible health plans and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Member Highlights: Adams County Library System, Gettysburg, PA – Learn about this library’s Sensory Storytime initiative to provide meaningful early literacy experiences for children who may have sensory processing or autism spectrum disorders. Has your library developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee! NNLM Outreach Highlight: Escape the Unit, Pittsburgh, PA – take a few minutes to check out this video on an NNLM funded project, an escape room devel...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - June 15, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

June PNR Rendezvous webinar next week
The next PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar is coming up. Session title: Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets Presenter: Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services When: Wednesday, June 20 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. This webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets. Registration is encouraged but no...
Source: Dragonfly - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Science Training & Education Source Type: news

June PNR Rendezvous webinar
The next PNR Rendezvous monthly webinar is coming up. Session title: Unlocking the Potential of De-identified Clinical Datasets Presenter: Bas de Veer, Bio-Medical Informatics Services Manager for UW Medicine IT Services When: Wednesday, June 20 starting at 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska Time, 2:00pm MT Healthcare systems generate a ton of data on a daily basis. The primary purpose of this data is billing and clinical decision making. But great secondary use of this data is research. This webinar will discuss the potential uses, best practices and common hurdles of de-identified clinical datasets. Registration is encouraged but no...
Source: Dragonfly - June 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: Data Science Training & Education Source Type: news

7 Services PCPs Forget to Bill For 7 Services PCPs Forget to Bill For
Primary care offices may overlook billing for services they provided; either they don't realize they can get reimbursed, or their billing workflow is flawed. Here's how to make sure you get paid.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Getting physical can avoid need for PT services, Buffalo-area providers say
Patient counts and visits are up at many Buffalo-area physical therapy providers, which creates billing headaches that many would like to see remedied. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 10, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Paul Lane Source Type: news

Getting physical can avoid need for PT services, Buffalo-area providers say
Patient counts and visits are up at many Buffalo-area physical therapy providers, which creates billing headaches that many would like to see remedied. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Lane Source Type: news

Weekly Postings
See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Member Highlights: Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Poughkeepsie, NY – Learn how this library brought health and wellness to their community through a library speaker series featuring medical professionals. Has your library developed a similar program? Share your story with us to receive a Member Highlight on the MARquee! NLM Redesign: The National Library of Medicine website has a new look! Check out the improved design, which aims to provide users with a more efficient path to NLM tools and resources and adapts...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - June 8, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Weekly Postings Source Type: news

KC native, cost of living drive California provider's back office move
As Vituity moves into its Leawood offices, the Emeryville, Calif.-based company is already planning for future growth. At the end of May, Vituity announced it would open a 65-person office in the Kansas City metro, providing billing and administrative services to health care providers across the U.S. Melissa Stephens, an associate director for Vituity, told the Business Journal that the company chose KC for its ex pansion after considering a number of markets. "The workforce, cost of living and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

KC native, cost of living drive California provider's back office move
As Vituity moves into its Leawood offices, the Emeryville, Calif.-based company is already planning for future growth. At the end of May, Vituity announced it would open a 65-person office in the Kansas City metro, providing billing and administrative services to health care providers across the U.S. Melissa Stephens, an associate director for Vituity, told the Business Journal that the company chose KC for its ex pansion after considering a number of markets. "The workforce, cost of living and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

How Frustrated Are You With Billing Complexities? How Frustrated Are You With Billing Complexities?
New research gives detailed numbers on challenges of US billing, particularly to Medicaid.Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Envision CEO again takes aim at insurance companies
Envision Healthcare CEO Chris Holden has again made a public plea against what he believes are unfair insurance company tactics — this time in print. In an op-ed published by Becker’s Hospital Review on Thursday, Holden took aim at what he calls “surprise coverage” — a situation patients find themselves in when they aren’t sure how much they owe their physician or clinician at the end of a visit. “Some call t his surprise billing. I call it surprise coverage, leaving patients uncertain… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - June 4, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

California physician group opens back office in Leawood, will hire 65
A California-based health care delivery company will open a billing office in Leawood. Vituity, a physician-owned company that was previously known as CEP America, will offer system support for hospitals and practices out of its new, 65-person office. According to a release, the company hopes to grow beyond the initial 65 jobs within the next three years. "Our Kansas City-based sup port center will help hospitals, health systems, clinics, payers and employers improve their financial operations so… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 31, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Elise Reuter Source Type: news

Philadelphia pharmacy owners pay $3.2M to settle fraud claims
The owners of a Philadelphia pharmacy have agreed to pay $3.2 million to the federal government to resolve Medicare fraud allegations, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Irina Minkovich and Yelena Babchinetskya, owners of I&L Express Pharmacy in Northeast Philadelphia, were alleged to have violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for prescription medications that were not actually dispensed during a period from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2015. The medications included such drugs… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

ResMed to acquire home and hospice software dev HealthcareFirst
ResMed (NYSE:RMD) said today it inked a deal to acquire healthcare software developer HealthcareFirst for an undisclosed amount. The soon-to-be acquired company develops software and services for both home health and hospice agencies, San Diego-based ResMed said. Offerings include electronic health record software, billing and coding services and advanced analytics for home and hospice settings. “Joining ResMed, with their purpose of changing lives with every breath, is an exciting opportunity for our HealthcareFirst team, as our joint mission is linked to improving quality of life for patients in out-of-ho...
Source: Mass Device - May 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Electronic Medical Records Mergers & Acquisitions Software / IT ResMed Inc. Source Type: news

Halifax chiropractor investigated for anti-vaccination views
Dr. Dena Churchill owns and operates Oxford Chiropractic Inc. She also markets herself as an author and public speaker, writes a blog called DrSexyMom, and runs a Facebook page billing herself as "Innovator in Women's Health and Wellness." (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

First steps toward APM participation for radiologists
There's no doubt that Medicare's payment for physician services is moving toward...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How important is the MIPS cost category to radiology? Are you ready for Medicare's value modifier adjustment for 2018? Don't delay planning for Medicare decision-support rules What radiologists should know about 2018 MIPS changes Coding and billing considerations in interventional radiology (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Brookwood Baptist faces CMS scrutiny over incident in psychiatric unit
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is facing scrutiny from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services over an incident in the hospital's psychiatric unit. The hospital could face a loss of Medicare billing privileges unless the issues are correct. According to a spokesperson from CMS, the issue stemmed from an April incident in which a psychiatric patient was physically restrained by hospital staff. The patient later suffered cardiac arrest and die d. CMS said the staff failed to utilize proper… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

ClearCare launches API to connect home care to healthcare
Home care technology company ClearCare has launched Home Connect API, a new technology that will allow home care agencies to connect directly to health plans and hospitals for referrals, care management, and billing. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - May 23, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

LifeBridge Health reports data breach that could affect 500,000 Marylanders
Baltimore health care system LifeBridge Health has reported a cybersecurity breach that could affect the personal data of more than 500,000 Maryland patients. The breach occurred more than a year ago and could have affected patients' registration information, billing information, electronic medical records, social security numbers and other data. The health system has mailed letters to the potentially affected patients to alert them of the breach. In a notice to all patients, LifeBridge said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

LifeBridge Health reports data breach that could affect 500,000 Marylanders
Baltimore health care system LifeBridge Health has reported a cybersecurity breach that could affect the personal data of more than 500,000 Maryland patients. The breach occurred more than a year ago and could have affected patients' registration information, billing information, electronic medical records, social security numbers and other data. The health system has mailed letters to the potentially affected patients to alert them of the breach. In a notice to all patients, LifeBridge said… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

BCBSNC to remove NC hospital from its network
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will remove LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, located in Danbury, from its network in three months and has filed a lawsuit accusing the facility of "fraudulent" laboratory billing practices. LifeBrite Community Hospital, a 99-licensed bed hospital, will be removed from the insurance company's network on Aug. 21, Blue Cross NC said Thursday. In court documents filed this month, Blue Cross NC said LifeBrite has engaged "in a fraudulent scheme to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Billing for More Than 24 Hours a Day
(MedPage Today) -- Colorado physician still eligible for payments after Medicare kerfuffle (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - May 18, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

BCBSNC to remove Triad hospital from its network
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will remove LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, located in Danbury, from its network in three months and has filed a lawsuit accusing the facility of "fraudulent" laboratory billing practices. LifeBrite Community Hospital, a 99-licensed bed hospital, will be removed from the insurance company's network on Aug. 21, Blue Cross NC said on Thursday. In court documents filed this month, Blue Cross NC said LifeBrite has engaged "in a fraudulent scheme… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - May 17, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Wolf OKs clinical research on medical marijuana at 5 universities in Philadelphia
Eight of Pennsylvania ’s universities have received the go-ahead to start studying medical marijuana. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is billing the move as the commonwealth’s “first step toward clinical research” on the drug. The eight medical universities and colleges selected are Drexel University College o f Medicine; Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey; Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; Perelman School… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katie Meyer, WITF Source Type: news

More Kids Are Attempting and Thinking About Suicide, According to a New Study
The number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide doubled in less than a decade, according to a study published Wednesday in Pediatrics. In 2008, 0.66% of all U.S. children’s hospital visits were due to either suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts, also known as suicide ideation. By 2015, according to the study, that number had jumped to 1.82%, with rates rising across age groups and demographics. The largest increases were seen among adolescents between two age groups — 15 and 17, and 12 and 14 — according to the study. Increases were also higher among girls than boys, the study sa...
Source: TIME: Health - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology onetime Source Type: news

Health insurers seek to reclaim millions lost in rural hospital billing schemes
Rural hospitals across the U.S. are closing at the highest rates in decades. Desperate to stay open, some hospitals got caught in dubious billing schemes. Jim Axelrod reports with new information on the CBS News investigation. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why don't patients show up for imaging exams?
Why don't patients show up for scheduled imaging exams? A study published May...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Patients want more imaging info -- and before their exams One-third of MRI exam time is wasted Radiology billing must adapt to patient consumerism Education enlightens patients to radiologist's role MRI training improves performance, patient satisfaction Improving the patient experience benefits everyone (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 11, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program Billing Requirements Call
June 6, 2018 1:30-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Envision accuses insurers of 'tactics that fuel conflict'
The nation ’s health care reimbursement system is broken and Envision Healthcare is ready to shine a light on its flaws. That was the message from Envision CEO Chris Holden during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Tuesday, in which he pledged his company’s commitment to end patient confusion ove r health insurance coverage and billing practices — much of which he blamed on insurance companies. “We strongly believe payers, regulators and providers must work collaboratively,” Holden… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

Envision accuses insurers of 'tactics that fuel conflict'
The nation ’s health care reimbursement system is broken and Envision Healthcare is ready to shine a light on its flaws. That was the message from Envision CEO Chris Holden during the company’s first-quarter earnings call Tuesday, in which he pledged his company’s commitment to end patient confusion ove r health insurance coverage and billing practices — much of which he blamed on insurance companies. “We strongly believe payers, regulators and providers must work collaboratively,” Holden… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - May 8, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Proposed Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program
Notice of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things. Comments on the proposed rule are due by June 26, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - May 8, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news