Practice Management

The future of malpractice reformIs tort reform capable of achieving gains for physicians when it comes to medical liability? The jury is out.
Getting paid for chronic care
Getting paid for chronic careBeginning 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, at least at first.
Billing for transitional care managementMedicare now reimburses physicians and other healthcare professionals for time spent managing patients' transition from inpatient to community settings. Here is the information you need to bill for these services.

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Chronic care management: Scope-of-service requirements
Meaningful use penalties sear more than half of EPs in 2015Starting in January, nearly 257,000 eligible professionals will face a 1% cut to their Medicare reimbursements for not meeting meaningful use standards, according to CMS.
MOC controversy fueled by new studiesLittle difference found in outcomes from care provided by doctors required to recertify and those not

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EHR financial incentives are working to speed adoptionFifty-one percent of physicians cite financial incentives or penalties as a possible driver for them to make adopt EHRs.
(WEBINAR) Better Care Team Collaboration and Productivity with Secure Mobile MessagingDon't let HIPAA slow you down. Part of the 2013 EHR Web Seminar Series.
Letter: MOC requirements don't benefit medicineA reader writes that maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements have not been shown to improve quality of care, and are damaging medicine's feeling of collegiality.
Letter: primary care practice now brings little joyThe non-medical tasks physicians now have to perform have removed much of the enjoyment that comes with practicing medicine, a reader says.

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