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The push is on for physicians to embrace the concept of high-value care, providing patients with appropriate treatment while avoiding wasteful or unnecessary tests. But high-value care requires physicians to navigate many pitfalls,...
At first glance, Medicare’s new chronic care management (CCM) billing code, which became available January 1, looks like a major opportunity for primary care practices. But many practices will find it difficult to meet the...
HHS’ announcement that, by the end of 2016, it aims to link 30% of Medicare reimbursements to the "quality of value" is the latest sign that, after years of talking about the importance of quality and outcomes in medicine,...
Regardless of how well physicians or their coders understand the new coding system, practices will not fare well on reimbursement unless their providers can document encounters in sufficient detail to support the new codes.
How to weigh the risk and the benefits to your practice of these care delivery and payment models
Many physicians feel they're between a rock and a hard place. If they're participating in the Medicare side of the Meaningful Use program, have attested before, and don't attest to MU2 this year, they'll not only...
Despite the reimbursement challenges primary care physicians will continue to face in 2015, new initiatives will provide primary care physicians with opportunities to grow and better manage patient health.
Beginning January 1, 2015, medical practices can, for the first time, bill Medicare for the non face-to-face time spent managing care for patients with multiple chronic diseases. But doing so may prove challenging for many practices,...
It’s possible to maintain a viable, even thriving practice if physicians confront challenges and identify fixes that can improve their lives and the health of their patients.
Opportunities and strategies for billing non-face-to-face encounters

TECHNOLOGY
Hospital ratings: Advancing or obscuring choices?
Hospital ratings: Advancing or ...

Hospital rankings provide consumers with valuable information, but they're not always in agreement.

New payment models bringing changes ...
Mining EHR data for quality improvement
Telemonitoring of heart failure ...

BUSINESS
Allergic rhinits: Key coding ...

The current procedural terminology guidelines state that you should code signs and symptoms when a definitive diagnosis ...

Narrowing networks create harrowing ...
EHRs: beware autopilot errors
ICD-10: What you need to know

POLICY
Senate approves end to SGR

By a vote of 92-8, the U.S. Senate last night approved legislation ending the long-reviled formula for determining ...

Pain points keeping execs of safety ...
Study finds earlier diabetes ...
The best and worst states for ob/gyn ...

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