Sep 10th, 2012
The cost of health care has been a heated discussion for many years; and with this being an election year, politicians are fanning the fire. More recently, folks both young and old are voicing their concerns about the future of Medicare. “I just assume Medicare won’t be there for me at all,” Christine Pallensen, a ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Lynn Berry, PT, CPC Quality Resource and Usage Reports (QRURs) are the first reports to use performance measures that may be included in the Physician Feedback/Value-based Modifier Program the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to begin in 2015. The Value-based Purchasing (VBP) initiative, part of the Affordable Care Act of ...
In Coding
Jul 13th, 2012
Just six months into 2012 and already over 16 million people with original Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no cost to them, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced July 10. If last year is any indication, that number will double by the end of the ...
Jun 29th, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court announced June 28 a decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in its entirety. The court ruled that the individual mandate—among the most controversial aspects of the 2010 health care reform act—was a constitutionally allowable tax. The vote was 5 to 4. Supreme Court Affirms Affordable Care ...
In Billing
May 11th, 2012
Primary care physicians could receive a pay raise bringing Medicaid primary care service fees in line with those paid by Medicare. The proposed boost would be in effect for calendar years 2013 and 2014. States would receive a total of more than $11 billion in new funds to bolster their Medicaid primary care delivery systems, ...