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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
Watching parents who are physicians practice medicine often has a profound impact on a child’s decision to purse the same career.

TECHNOLOGY
New payment models bringing changes ...

A study of 34 physician practices jointly sponsored by RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association found that ...

Mining EHR data for quality improvement
Telemonitoring of heart failure ...
Coding association predicts a smooth ...

BUSINESS
Narrowing networks create harrowing ...

Insurance companies are paring down plans for patients, impacting patient ability to choose physicians. Dermatologists ...

EHRs: beware autopilot errors
ICD-10: What you need to know
Asthma: Key coding considerations

POLICY
SGR remains in place—for now

It appears that the highly-anticipated repeal of Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula—also known as the “doc ...

New payment models bringing changes ...
SGR update: ‘Best chance in years’ ...
Understanding risk-based payer contracts

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