5 HIPAA Items You Should Focus On

Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment system have overshadowed HIPAA recently. In 2017, however, practices must give it higher priority.

Primary Care Revenue Opportunities

2017 brings exciting changes for primary care physicians. First, CMS is now recognizing an existing CPT Service that will be used by primary care and specialty physicians alike, non-face-to-face prolonged services codes 99358 and 99359. Not only are they recognizing them, they are following CPT rules for the codes.  These services allow a provider to be paid for extensive record review or other management activities when the patient is not present.

Top 5 Takeaways: 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule

On November 2, 2016, CMS issued a final rule to update payment rates, policies, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) in the 2017 calendar year.  Released just weeks after CMS published its final 2,000+ page MACRA regulation, the Physician Fee Schedule regulation has received less media and industry attention than the MACRA regulation, but it remains critically important for healthcare providers to understand as they move into 2017.

Quality Payment Program: The Path Forward

With an incoming Republican president and Republican majority in both houses of Congress, physician practice managers may well wonder which aspects of our current health insurance and payment system may change. 

Stay Alert for the Final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Before the end of November, the federal government will issue the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule. As in years past, the proposed fee schedule – issued in July – was controversial, garnering some 6,000 comments. While the final rule may have some changes, it likely won’t veer too far from the original. It’s important to pay attention to changes that affect your specialty.

Five Steps to Prepare Your Practice for the Coming Year

For physician office managers and patient billing specialists, now is the time to prepare for 2017. Every calendar year brings changes to accounts receivables and cash flow as patients change plans and restart deductibles. In 2017, as government payments are increasingly tied to quality, it will also be important that providers capture complete clinical information about visits.

Will Medicare Fee Schedule Impact Your Practice?

Effective in 2017, the new Medicare Physician Fee Schedule cites a handful of changes that are likely to affect physician reimbursement in myriad ways. In order to fully understand the scope of these new developments, it is vital to outline the details of the proposed fee schedule changes that are in store for physicians in 2017.

ICD-10 Changes Remain Important

What’s another 1,900 diagnosis codes when medical practices have successfully implemented 68,000 ICD-10-CM codes? These additional diagnosis codes go into effect October 1, 2016 the same day that CMS’s grace period for unspecified codes ends. With forewarning and planning, medical practices can prepare for both.

Enhance Patient Payment Collections with These Tips

With an incoming Republican president and Republican majority in both houses of Congress, physician practice managers may well wonder which aspects of our current health insurance and payment system may change. 

Top Industry News 2016

To help you stay informed, we gathered information and articles from a variety of industry experts on news and regulations that may impact your practice for the remainder of 2016.

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