In CMS
Mar 21st, 2017
It may be spring, but the freeze is still on in Washington, D.C. — the “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, or Freeze Memo, that is. The Freeze Memo encourages agencies to temporarily postpone the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register, but have not taken effect, for 60 days from the date ...
In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
Feb 13th, 2017
Forget the traffic gridlock to the huge, metro medical center where you’re bound to get lost. Drive past the sketchy strip mall’s urgent care center and go to the neighborhood microhospital for your care. These eight to 20 bed facilities comprise the newest service for those living in urban and suburban areas. Get quicker access to ...
In Billing
Feb 3rd, 2017
Effective Feb. 21, 2017, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must provide the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), or CMS-10611, to patients with Original Medicare who are receiving outpatient observation services for more than 24 hours. The MOON must be delivered to applicable patients no later than 36 hours after outpatient observation services begin, but ...
In Coding
Jan 27th, 2017
If you’re 35 to 44 years old and have children under 18 years old, you’re more likely to switch primary care providers (PCP) if he or she provides telehealth visits. If so, you’re part of 20 percent of the population who’d do so, recent Harris Poll studies indicate. The studies, commissioned by American Well, a telehealth ...