Health Law & Policy

The Definitive Guide: How to Prepare for an EHR SwitchWith demands of the ICD-10 crossover, Meaningful Use requirements and increasing financial stress on the private practice, the relationship with an EHR vendor can be complex one and so is the rationale for making a switch.
Physicians are not ready for ICD-10: Here's whyAn exclusive Medical Economics poll finds that physicians are still experiencing considerable roadblocks in ICD-10 preparations
Three medical billing strategies to counter ICD-10Prepare now to fight off lost revenue due to denied claims once ICD-10 becomes a reality with these three medical-billing best practices.

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The Affordable Care Act lives: Supreme Court decision upholds premium subsidiesIn a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of King v. Burwell that tax subsidies for buying healthcare insurance made available through the law apply in all 50 states.
Prescribing mobile apps: What to considerMobile health (mHealth) is a confusing landscape, to be sure. IMS Health, which rates mHealth apps and provides a formal mechanism for app prescribing, estimates there are 63,000 health apps in the Apple and Google stores. The number and variety make it difficult for physicians to find and recommend the good ones. As a result, prescribing mHealth apps is new to most physicians.
Narrowing networksThe return of narrow networks has been blamed largely on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the trend, similar to health maintenance organizations, re-appeared before the creation of the ACA’s health insurance exchanges. Physicians must learn how to cope with this movement and decide when it makes financial sense to be included in narrow network plans.

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Practice Innovators: Reinventing primary careThe obstacles facing practicing physicians are numerous, but can be overcome with the help of great ideas put into action effectively. In order to foster the sharing of new ideas among physicians, Medical Economics introduces Practice Innovators, an ongoing, periodic series spotlighting your colleagues who are breaking new ground in medical practice—and succeeding.
Practice Innovators: Building for successIn this Practice Innovators profile, Medical Economics looks at how John Kulin, DO, makes customer service an important part of treating patients.
ICD-10: Fact vs. mythSome common misperceptions about the upcoming Oct. 1, 2015 coding set transition countered with facts from the experts.
Three considerations before choosing an EHRA successful EHR implementation should begin well before the vendor arrives at your practice

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