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

Preventive care and the Affordable Care Act: A Doctor’s Dream?

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor way” may be losing its appeal as more Americans take advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage for preventive medicine. The Affordable Care Act, extends coverage to private health insurance plan members for preventive care visits such as flu shots and other immunizations, screenings for

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

Meaningful Use and EHRs: More than just a Bonus for Providers

Mention the term “meaningful use” to many providers and you are likely to receive a long, agonizing groan in response. Although somewhat hesitant, many providers are, slowly, converting from paper-based records to web based electronic health records (EHRs). Whether this switch was prompted by added convenience, time savings, or an attractive bonus and avoidance of

Adoption Rate of EHR/EMR Services are Steadily Increasing due to Meaningful Use Incentives

On July 17, 2012 the Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Health Care Statistics (DCPNC), released a brief analyzing statistical data from office-based physicians in 2011. The brief found a five percent increase in physicians adopting EHRs from 2010 to 2011. Of the total amount of physicians adopting EHR, 50

Even after Receiving MU Bonuses, Providers may have to Attest, Once Again, to Keep Payment

According to a recent article by Pamela Lewis Dolan published in  American Medical News, contractors for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have started sending letters to select providers informing them that they will be audited for Meaningful Use bonuses[1] earned in 2011 and 2012. Providers that have been selected for an audit,

HHS Says Doctors are Satisfied with their EHR Technology

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service recently issued a press release reporting the results of a national survey of office-based physicians. According to the survey, 55 percent of responding physicians in 2011 said they have adopted at least some EHR technology in their practices. In addition, 85 percent of physicians who have adopted

Medical Office Coding – Its not about the shoes!

Over the years as an administrator and consultant I have been regularly surprised by some of the methodologies used by physicians to assign a CPT code for a patient encounter. My favorite was a cardiologist from Ohio who always used a 99213 unless the patient had beat up shoes, in those cases he would give

Proactive Patients Seeking Healthcare Information Prefer Surfing the Web Over Turning Pages in a Book

A new study, from the University of California, Davis shows that patients prefer using the internet to obtain healthcare information over asking friends or using reference books.

Study Conclude that Technology is Crucial in Providing Patient Centered Care

Implementing Healthcare Technology solutions is not only a necessity for practices but also for patients.