Revenue Cycle & Payments Archive
Overall national healthcare spending is predicted to grow an average rate of 5.8 percent annually from 2014-2024, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and American Medical Association have jointly developed comprehensive guidance for physicians on new ICD-10 compliance flexibilities that both organizations agreed to in early July.
With Anthems recently announced plans to buy Cigna for $48.4 billion, the American Medical Association is once again sounding the alarm about mergers and acquisitions in the health insurance industry, which the nations largest physician group says reduce competition and patient choice.
Should Anthem and Cigna manage to accomplish their proposed $48 billion merger, senior IT management will have plenty to do, and headcount and budgets likely would increase, at least in the short term, according to industry experts.
UMASS Memorial Health System in Worchester, Mass., is rolling out an online patient-physician teleconsultation service using a technology platform from Minneapolis-based Zipnosis.
Four U.S. Senators have introduced legislation designed to increase patient access to medical devices by giving them the option of self-paying rather than going through the time-consuming Medicare coverage process.
Healthcare electronic funds transfers via the Automated Clearing House Network (ACH) and using the Healthcare EFT Standard can make practice management easier and more affordableand switching doesnt have to be difficult.
Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) have introduced the TELEmedicine for MEDicare (TELE-MED) Act of 2015 that would permit Medicare providers licensed to practice physically in one state to treat patients electronically across state lines.
While a predictive analytics system has increased recovery and prevention of improper Medicare payments, an audit by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General finds updated procedures for the Fraud Prevention System (FPS) are needed to improve savings.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advanced analytics system has identified or prevented $820 million in inappropriate Medicare payments during the first three years of its operation, according to CMS. Yet, questions remain about the overall impact of the system on combating fraud.
With knee and hip replacements among the most common surgical procedures for Medicare patientscosting more than $7 billion for 400,000+ procedures in 2013 alonethe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants more accountability from hospitals for better outcomes.
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation that would authorize an incremental expansion of telehealth coverage under the Medicare program.
President Barack Obama asked the U.S. Senate to confirm Andy Slavitt as the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The Military Health System will implement the CoPathPlus anatomic pathology information system of Cerner across its worldwide facilities. The contract is worth $16.3 million with an estimated implementation completion date of May 31, 2020.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants home health agencies to accelerate their use of health information technology. The agency is issuing no mandates yet, but certainly is leaving the door open.