In Billing
Feb 12th, 2019
Is putting patients in control of their healthcare a cure for what ails this country? At the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Jan. 29-31, CMS Administrator Seema Verma spoke about the agency’s vision to transform the healthcare system through competition and innovation. “We are prioritizing a well-informed, ...
In CMS
Dec 18th, 2018
Even though U.S. Northern District of Texas Court Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), there are three good reasons to neither panic nor change your medical practice’s policies or your medical coding. Judge O’Connor ruled the law as unconstitutional, agreeing with 20 state attorneys general that the Individual Mandate ...
In CMS
Oct 30th, 2018
Thousands of consumers’ files in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges (FFE’s) Direct Enrollment pathway may have been compromised. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said “anomalous activity” was detected in the portal on Oct. 13 and a breach was declared on Oct. 16. CMS issued a press release on Oct. 19. “At this time,” ...
In Billing
Sep 7th, 2018
Bundled payments seem to be cutting healthcare costs. One of the salient goals of the Affordable Care Act was to bring down the cost of care. As a result, the federal government attempted to assist in reducing the cost of care by implementing a program called Bundled Payments for procedures that are frequently performed for ...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Final Rule freeing more than $10.4 billion to anxious payers to continue the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) risk adjustment program. The agency had halted payments to payers while a New Mexico ruling was challenged, but in the end the activity unnerved the industry and didn’t change much. Risk Adjustment ...