The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older, and offer or refer overweight individuals to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. This recommendation is bas...
Mar 27th, 2017
Editors’ Note:  Data provided for this story was researched and compiled by David Blackmer, MSC. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be the law of the land, so we asked AAPC members how their practices have changed since Obamacare was enacted.  In a recent survey, we found about half our members’ ...
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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 ...
President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress will take control of the country’s healthcare system in January. Don’t expect a quick or iconoclastic revamp, healthcare experts at Leavitt Partners recently told webinar attendees; however, when the executive and legislative branches of government are unified by party, major change is likely to happen. Meaning, the Affordable ...
Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), certain services (such as surgery) are valued and paid for as part of global packages that include the procedure and the services typically furnished in the periods immediately before and after the procedure. For each of these global packages, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) establishes ...