The future of malpractice reform December 18, 2014 By Scott Baltic Is tort reform capable of achieving gains for physicians when it comes to medical liability? The jury is out. Getting paid for chronic care 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, at least at first. Billing for transitional care management December 18, 2014 By Renee Dowling Medicare 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. Meaningful use penalties sear more than half of EPs in 2015 December 18, 2014 By Donna Marbury Starting 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 studies Little difference found in outcomes from care provided by doctors required to recertify and those not EHR financial incentives are working to speed adoption December 17, 2014 By Rachael Zimlich Fifty-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 Messaging December 17, 2014 Don't let HIPAA slow you down. Part of the 2013 EHR Web Seminar Series. Letter: MOC requirements don't benefit medicine December 17, 2014 A 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 joy December 17, 2014 The non-medical tasks physicians now have to perform have removed much of the enjoyment that comes with practicing medicine, a reader says.