Dec 5th, 2017
How to fulfill their legal right, legally. Patients have a federal right to “request to amend” their medical record. This right is conferred by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, otherwise known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule of 2001 (45 C.F.R. § 164.526). Let’s review legal details so you can best formulate ...
Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to allow for the sharing of health information. If a patient, for example, is found to have an allergy to penicillin at the family doctor’s office, then emergency room and other medical providers should be able to see the allergy in their EHR systems. Unfortunately, EHR systems do not ...
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Nov 10th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized 2018 payments and policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Most notable is the leniency in adopting federally-mandated policies. CMS Finalizes 2018 MPFS Payment and Policy Changes was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Renee Dustman...
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Nov 9th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released more than 320 changes in the 2018 HCPCS Level II code set November 6, and many are payment-related. 153 New HCPCS Level II Codes There are 11 new modifiers this year. These include two modifiers meant to better track 340b drug pricing; CMS is moving to cut ...
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Oct 26th, 2017
CVS Health is reportedly making offers to buy Aetna, one of America’s oldest insurers, for at least $66 billion, according to a number of sources that include the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Established in Connecticut in 1853, Aetna has evolved from property to healthcare coverage, with 23.1 million medical and 14.3 dental members in late ...