May 7th, 2018
Proton beam treatment is a particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to target and destroy cancer tissue. There are 27 proton beam units across the United States, and 20 more are popping up or under construction, including Mayo which has opened two, four-unit proton centers in Minnesota and Arizona. Upside The advantage of proton beam therapy over ...
Apr 26th, 2018
The Trump administration is drafting plans to undo the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule preventing doctors, healthcare organizations, and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. If the Trump administration’s rollback gets passed, it could potentially open the way for clinical staff to turn away a transgender individual from receiving medical a...
In CMS
Apr 13th, 2018
An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursed some telehealth claims that didn’t meet Medicare requirements, according to a release from the oversight group. OIG Found Incomplete Claims The OIG analyzed 191,118 2014 and 2015 telehealth claims and discovered that more than half of the professional telehealth services report...
In Billing
Apr 13th, 2018
As Americans scramble to finish filing their 2017 taxes ― due April 17 ― let’s look at where a big chunk of tax refunds are spent: deferred healthcare. Because of out-of-pocket expenses and high deductibles, people are waiting until after they receive tax payment back to have medical conditions, treatment, and procedures done. A JP Morgan Chase ...
Apr 11th, 2018
Flint, Michigan’s water crisis forces screening and in-depth health assessments of 30,000 children who were exposed to lead-tainted drinking water. The water crisis occurred between April 2014-October 2015, when the Flint water supply was switched from Detroit’s treated Lake Huron water to polluted Flint River water. The 18-month exposure to lead-contaminated water may have long-term ...