May is National Stroke Awareness Month: Recognize this preventable and treatable disease. Strokes kill approximately 140,000 people every year in the United States and up to 80 percent are preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every second counts when a stroke occurs because approximately two million brain cells die each ...
U.S. hospitals recently received a letter from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on behalf of Vice President Michael Pence, requesting they report their COVID-19-related data. This data request is two-fold. What Data Must Hospitals Report? First, the hospitals should report their data on COVID-19 testing performed in their Academic/University/Hospital ‘in-house’ laboratories, ...
Jul 10th, 2019
A whistleblower lawsuit alleges the University of Chicago Medicine shared hundreds of thousands of medical records with Google that retained identifiable information. Chicago-based law firm Edelson PC filed on behalf of a former patient and claiming this is a direct violation of HIPAA given the data-mining tech giant has access to a plethora of public and nonpublic information that ...
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May 23rd, 2019
Beginning July 2019, oncologists who are part of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) voluntary Oncology Care Model (OCM) who haven’t achieved a performance-based payment (PBP) will be switched from a 1-sided risk model to a 2-sided risk model.   According to an Avalere study, half of those being switched will lose money. Avalere advises ...
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May 23rd, 2019
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By Rebecca Caux-Harry, BFA, CPC One of the many benefits of working for a nation-wide company, such as 3M Health Information Systems, is visibility into payer actions from coast to coast. Many customers send us comments about payer actions and ask if we can help with some of the issues. This is an extremely valuable ...