The Shifting Out-of-Network Reimbursement Playing Field

Recent lawsuits and industry changes have dramatically altered the out-of-network reimbursement ‘playing field.’ Additionally, pending litigation is aimed at further redefining certain aspects of the body of law that governs out-of-network reimbursement. It’s important that healthcare providers understand the new ‘rules of the game.’ In an effort to shed light on these changes, upcoming blogs

Podiatry EHR: An EHR that will Work for You

Podiatry is the field of medicine that involves study and diagnoses of foot, ankle and lower leg disorders. The person who specializes in podiatry is called a podiatrist or a doctor of podiatric practice. Within podiatry, there are many other specializations such as surgery, geriatrics, biomechanics and others. Podiatry is practiced as a specialty in

Are House Calls making a Comeback?

Several factors suggest that the old-fashioned practice is returning, thanks in part to an aging population and the many advances in healthcare technology. An Aging Population of baby boomers seems to be creating a growing need for physicians who make house calls. According to the Journal of the American Medical association, house calls to Medicare

Almost $90m paid out to providers as MU incentives!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced yesterday that almost $90 million have been paid out to eligible practices and hospitals under the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program this past September. Robert Anthony, who made the announcement, said that $25 million of the total was paid out to

U.S. Supreme Court Opens New Term with Health Care Storm Looming Overhead

The U.S. Supreme Court term opened today with expectations that the Justices will rule on the numerous legal questions surrounding the federal health care reform. Although not formally on the docket, most experts believe that the constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care overhaul almost certainly will be decided this term. Since the Affordable Care

UN To Hold First Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

As the General Assembly gathers in New York this September 19-20, 2011, at the United Nations, the first ever summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be held.  The summit, officially called the “High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” will bring together global health leaders to

Where GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stand On Health Care

Kaiser Health News has assembled a helpful chart detailing where five of the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – Bachmann, Hutsman, Paul, Perry and Romney – currently stand on major health care issues.  The chart is sorted by issue and will be updated as the candidates continue to develop their platform. Definitely worth

New EHR-sharing plan introduced by Highmark

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (8/20, Nixon) reports that Pennslyvania’s largest health insurer, Highmark Inc., “is developing its own network to allow doctors and hospitals across Pennsylvania to easily share electronic health records.” Although Highmark “is not ready to release details of the network, known as a health information exchange, such as cost or the hospital systems

Affordable Care Act Rules to Prevent Fraud: How Increased Vigilance Will Affect Your Practice

If you are wondering how the new healthcare law – the Affordable Care Act – will affect your practice, you are not alone. Providers across the country are trying to understand the implications that this new law will have on reimbursements and the practice of medicine.  Well, because the public is clamoring for my opinion

Affordability: The Future of Health Insurance

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the next steps in establishing Affordable Insurance Exchanges – State-based competitive marketplaces, which launch in 2014, designed to provide individuals and small businesses with access to one-stop marketplaces where they can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their needs and offers the