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The Good News About Flu Season

The summer is winding down and we are approaching flu season. Nevertheless, there is good news for patients and providers regarding the flu: The flu shot is now covered (with no corresponding patient responsibility) by more plans than ever before. First, as a quick reminder, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes a general

CMS Releases Final Stage 2 Rule for EHR Incentive

On August 23, 2012, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Rule for Stage 2 of CMS’ Medicare and Medicaid incentive. This rule builds upon and incorporates many Stage 1 requirements, while adding additional elements. The following highlights regarding Stage 2 are important to note. Timeline. Stage 2 requirements will not become

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part V

Many providers have asked for information regarding the application process for participating in E-Prescribing. In fact, there is not a formal, onetime application. However, a provider (or practice, as the case may be) will not be entitled to a bonus unless he or she consistently represents – in the context of claim submission – that

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part IV

As previously discussed, there are three main requirements for earning a Medicare E-Prescribing bonus. During the prior blog we considered the first requirement, i.e., the use of a “qualified” E-prescribing system. Today, we will address the second of the three requirements. In order to qualify for a Medicare bonus, at least 10% of a provider’s

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part III

There are three primary requirements for earning a Medicare E-Prescribing bonus. Today, we will address the first of the three requirements, which is the consistent usage of a “qualified” E-Prescribing system. A qualified E-Prescribing system is one that: 1. Generates a complete medication list; 2. Allows the prescriber to select medications, transmit prescriptions electronically using the

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part II

One of the primary reasons for the current swell in interest in E-Prescribing is Medicare’s 2009 bonus. Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (“MIPPA”) (followed by the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2009) creates a bonus for providers who are successful E-Prescribers during 2009. The 2009

E-Prescribing Developments and Considerations – Part I

With increasing frequency, healthcare providers are giving serious consideration to the adoption and implementation of an E-Prescribing system. Some of the most often cited reasons include the following: enhancing quality of care, increasing practice efficiency, reducing medical malpractice liability (and premiums) and qualifying for governmental and commercial payer incentives. The following is noteworthy: An E-Prescribing

And the Survey Says: Active EMR Use May Significantly Reduce Malpractice Liability

A peer-reviewed article published today indicates that physicians who adopt and actively utilize electronic medical records (also known as “electronic heath records”, “EMR” or “EHR”) are almost 50% less likely to have a history of a paid medical malpractice claim. The survey, which was published in today’s issue of Archives of Internal Medicine concluded the

MTBC to Sponsor Free Webinar Regarding E-Prescribing

The CMS bonus deadline for implementing electronic prescribing technology is quickly approaching. Is your practice prepared to meet the looming deadline? Many providers may be startled by the following statistics: According to a recent study, electronic prescribers spend 50% less time on refills/renewals. Approximately 7,000 Americans die each year from preventable medication errors. In 2009,

Earning Additional Practice Revenue as a Civil Surgeon: Part III

Our last two blogs considered the nature of USCIS’ civil surgeon program and the process of applying to become a civil surgeon. Today, we will conclude our consideration of the civil surgeon program by discussing the responsibilities of a civil surgeon. USCIS has charged the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control