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HIPAA Audit Program Kicks Off Phase Two
HIPAA Audit Program Kicks Off Phase Two
Phase two of the Office for Civil Rights HIPAA Audit Program is finally underway. OCR has announced that it will begin verifying the contact information of covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA) selected for audits.
Affordability, Cost Transparency Key for Patient Satisfaction
Affordability, Cost Transparency Key for Patient Satisfaction
The biggest healthcare reforms impacting health payers today include the movement toward consumer engagement and patient satisfaction. Patient advocacy groups are bringing more attention toward keeping the patient voice at the center of healthcare paym...
Defensive medicine versus value-based care
Defensive medicine versus value-based care
The efforts to rid the nation's healthcare system of waste and inefficiency faces a formidable foe: defensive medicine. Doctors who prescribe unnecessary tests and procedures out of fear of being sued waste billions of dollars each year. They also exp...
6 policy reforms to improve US healthcare
6 policy reforms to improve US healthcare
Leaders from across the industry have identified six "common-sense solutions" to improve the U.S. healthcare system, touching on subjects including data interoperability, Medicare payment policies and care of chronically ill patients, according to a re...
8 Tips for Avoiding Denials, Improving Claims Reimbursement
8 Tips for Avoiding Denials, Improving Claims Reimbursement
If your practice is like most, your billing staff sees the words "claim denied" fairly often, which not only leads to frustration and increased work but also reduced revenue for the practice over time. A recent study by the American Medical Association...
7 Essential Parts of a Strong Compliance Program
7 Essential Parts of a Strong Compliance Program
As the healthcare industry continues to battle healthcare fraud, facilities can work to mitigate the problem by implementing an effective compliance program, according to Diagnostic Imaging. Here are seven parts of a strong compliance program.
New Stark Law Exception for Non-Physician Practitioner Subsidies: A Gift or Pandora's Box for Hos...
New Stark Law Exception for Non-Physician Practitioner Subsidies: A Gift or Pandora's Box for Hos...
As of Jan. 1, a new Stark Law exception allows hospitals to give subsidies to physician practices for the recruitment of non-physician practitioners. In the Phase III Stark Law regulations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services declined to exp...
Retail Chains Expand Their Appeal To Millennial Patients By Offering Insurance
Retail Chains Expand Their Appeal To Millennial Patients By Offering Insurance
The nimble startups that have had their sights on earning the loyalty of millennial patients are expanding into the insurance business, offering potential for a new model of integrated retail health. Larger hospital systems have been providing healthca...
The Drive to Merge, Acquire, or Partner
The Drive to Merge, Acquire, or Partner
The individual reasons are varied, as are the models, but healthcare leaders continue to look beyond their own organizations to survive and thrive.
Physician Pay Disparities Persist Along Gender, Race Lines
Physician Pay Disparities Persist Along Gender, Race Lines
White male physicians in the United States earn substantially more than black male physicians, even after accounting for factors such as medical specialty, experience, and hours worked, a study published in the BMJ finds.
The Entrepreneur Mindset: How an MBA Opened Doors for One Spine Surgeon'S Practice
The Entrepreneur Mindset: How an MBA Opened Doors for One Spine Surgeon'S Practice
Do independent practice physicians need an MBA to survive? The private practice world is increasingly complex and medical schools aren't training future physicians in business principles. Instead, some physicians are considering MBAs while others are l...
'Moneyball' Mindset Is Transforming Healthcare
'Moneyball' Mindset Is Transforming Healthcare
The healthcare field is on the cusp of entering the era of "Moneyball" medicine. Just ask Eric Topol, M.D., director of San Diego-based Scripps Translational Science Institute. He recently hired Paul DePodesta, a data analytics guru who transformed the...
As VA Pushes For Interoperability, National Health IT Conversation Continues
As VA Pushes For Interoperability, National Health IT Conversation Continues
The U.S. Senate recently approved a bill that would give the Department of Veterans Affairs $83 billion for fiscal year 2017, with added money slated for interoperability of its electronic health record and telemedicine efforts.
Prescription Drug Spending Surges Amid Market Forces
Prescription Drug Spending Surges Amid Market Forces
In 2014, the pharmacy landscape underwent a seismic change, and healthcare payers faced the highest annual increase in drug spending since 2003, according to the "2014 Drug Trend Report" by Express Scripts. In addition, new medication spending reached ...
New Medicare Rules Would Increase Bonus Opportunities, Ease Reporting
New Medicare Rules Would Increase Bonus Opportunities, Ease Reporting
The Obama Administration proposed two rules on April 27 that officials say will ease physicians' documentation requirements and give them new opportunities to earn bonuses for providing high-quality care. One rule implements what is called the Quality ...
How Do EHRs, ACOs And Medical Homes Affect Physician Processes? 5 Key Points
How Do EHRs, ACOs And Medical Homes Affect Physician Processes? 5 Key Points
A new study published in The American Journal of Managed Care shows physicians participating in new payment and care delivery models are more likely to use electronic medical records.
Fraudulent Billing Comprises 68 Percent of Healthcare Fraud - 5 Key Points
Fraudulent Billing Comprises 68 Percent of Healthcare Fraud - 5 Key Points
A Government Accountability Office report found fraudulent billing makes up nearly 68 percent of all resolved healthcare fraud cases, according to McKnight's.
5 Keys to Physician Leadership Development
5 Keys to Physician Leadership Development
Two physician leaders share key lessons learned about how organizations can partner with physicians to foster leadership best practice among aspiring clinical administrators.
Insurers and Medicare agree on measures tracking doctors' quality
Insurers and Medicare agree on measures tracking doctors' quality
The federal government and the insurance industry released on Feb. 16 an initial set of measures of physician performance that they hope will reduce the glut of conflicting metrics doctors now must report. The measures are intended to make it easier fo...
Hip and Knee Orthopedic Surgical Robots: Worldwide Market Size, Share, Trend, Analysis, Growth an...
Hip and Knee Orthopedic Surgical Robots: Worldwide Market Size, Share, Trend, Analysis, Growth an...
Orrthopedic surgical robots are poised to take knee and hip surgery quality far beyond what has previously been available. Knee and hip surgical robots have been impacted by the reduction in insurance payments. Payment reductions have forced hospitals ...
Entitlement Reform: Will Cutting Medicare Raise Unfunded Liabilities in the Future?
Entitlement Reform: Will Cutting Medicare Raise Unfunded Liabilities in the Future?
Concerns about the costs of healthcare have led to many efforts to control the growth in spending over the years. The 1980s saw reforms of the Medicare prospective payment system and the dramatic rise of managed care that carried well into the 1990s. T...
Study Finds Patient Complaint Process Impacts Psychological Wellbeing of Doctors
Study Finds Patient Complaint Process Impacts Psychological Wellbeing of Doctors
Complaints against doctors can impact on their psychological wellbeing, according to a new study from Imperial College London. The research, the second part of a study published last year into complaints against doctors, revealed in detail the emotions...
Effects of Physician-Hospital Integration to be Analyzed
Effects of Physician-Hospital Integration to be Analyzed
Hospitals and health systems are falling all over themselves to foster it in their organization. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act encourages it. Everyone, it seems, believes that physician-hospital integration is a win-win in that it impr...
Study: Satisfied Patients More Likely to Pay Medical Bills in Full
Study: Satisfied Patients More Likely to Pay Medical Bills in Full
Recent evidence shows a strong correlation between patient satisfaction and paying medical bills. A study by Connance found 74 percent of satisfied patients paid their medical bills in full, compared to 33 percent of their lesser satisfied counterparts.
6 Key Trends in Total Joint Arthroplasty: High Vs. Low Volume Hospitals
6 Key Trends in Total Joint Arthroplasty: High Vs. Low Volume Hospitals
A new article published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examines a trend toward high-volume hospitals for hip and knee surgery.
As Out-of-Pocket Costs Rise, Patients Seek Value And Convenience
As Out-of-Pocket Costs Rise, Patients Seek Value And Convenience
Consumers are assuming more and more responsibility for their healthcare costs - higher deductibles and growing out-of-pocket costs. As a result, they are starting to ask about the value and convenience they receive in return. This includes educating t...
New Guidelines Say Surgeons Must Tell Patients of Double-Booked Surgeries
New Guidelines Say Surgeons Must Tell Patients of Double-Booked Surgeries
The world's largest surgeons' organization has issued its first-ever guidelines for surgeons managing simultaneous operations, saying the controversial practice is broadly permissible, within limits, but that "the patient needs to be informed" whenever...
3 Ways Hospitals Are Using LinkedIn for Recruitment
3 Ways Hospitals Are Using LinkedIn for Recruitment
Savvy healthcare organizations are taking advantage of LinkedIn's Careers tab to help market themselves to physicians, providers, and other job seekers.
Sanford Health To Allow Physicians To Discuss Contract Terms
Sanford Health To Allow Physicians To Discuss Contract Terms
Dakotas-based Sanford Health has agreed to allow its physicians to discuss terms of their contracts with coworkers and others after The National Labor Relations Board determined that the healthcare system was violating the law. The settlement came thre...
Bundled Payments Initiative for TJRs Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs: 6 Insights
Bundled Payments Initiative for TJRs Improves Outcomes and Reduces Costs: 6 Insights
A bundled payments program for total joint replacements resulted in improvements in quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing overall costs, according to a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.
Survey: Men Still Earn More Than Women in Medicine
Survey: Men Still Earn More Than Women in Medicine
Male physicians still earn higher salaries than females in the same role, according to the Medscape 2016 compensation survey, but the salaries of women increased by a greater percentage.
Hospitals Face Likely Cash Flow Crisis As Patient Self-Pay Increases
Hospitals Face Likely Cash Flow Crisis As Patient Self-Pay Increases
With rising healthcare costs and higher health insurance deductibles, hospitals could find themselves in trouble with patient bad debt if they don't make improvements in collecting out-of-pocket payments. That's the finding of new research from Boston-...
10 Thoughts And Statistics On Medical Malpractice Claims Against Orthopedists
10 Thoughts And Statistics On Medical Malpractice Claims Against Orthopedists
The Doctors Company recently released a closed claims study examining medical malpractice claims against orthopedists.
Physician Shortages Drive Increases in Provider Compensation
Physician Shortages Drive Increases in Provider Compensation
The nationwide physician shortage continues to put pressure on healthcare organizations to retain quality employees by boosting employee compensation and providing incentives to stay at the organization, according to Health eCareers annual salary guide...
Coding Productivity Fell by 14 percent After ICD-10 Implementation
Coding Productivity Fell by 14 percent After ICD-10 Implementation
As the anniversary of ICD-10 implementation approaches, a survey from the American Health Information Management Association Foundation has revealed that coding productivity and accuracy has marginally declined since ICD-10 began. According to the surv...
Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room
Robots Stake Their Claim in the Operating Room
A surgical robot outperformed human surgeons in stitching the small intestines of pigs back together, researchers report.
5 Important Considerations For Orthopedic Surgeons Selecting EHRs
5 Important Considerations For Orthopedic Surgeons Selecting EHRs
Improving patient outcomes is the cornerstone of value-based care. Increasingly, healthcare providers are looking to electronic health record and software solutions to document that improvement and ensure that their practices and facilities continue to...
5 Ways to Cut Costs through Hospital Revenue Cycle Management
5 Ways to Cut Costs through Hospital Revenue Cycle Management
As healthcare costs continue to rise, hospital revenue cycle management has become an important focal point for providers.
Survey: Bulk of Doctors Say Healthcare Is Failing To Stem Physician Burnout
Survey: Bulk of Doctors Say Healthcare Is Failing To Stem Physician Burnout
Seventy-four percent of primary care physicians and emergency room doctors do not feel their healthcare facility or practice is taking effective steps to address and prevent burnout, according to a new survey by healthcare-centric market intelligence f...
13 statistics on orthopedic surgeon salary
13 statistics on orthopedic surgeon salary
The median salary for orthopedic surgeons is $333,097, with the top 10 percent making around $540,000. An orthopedic surgeon's salary ranges from $123,197 to $541,917. Here are some other statistics on orthopedic surgeon salary, based o...
Pair Consumer Cost, Quality Information Carefully
Pair Consumer Cost, Quality Information Carefully
How providers' messages about cost and quality are worded can significantly affect how they are interpreted, research shows. "You need to know how to convey price and quality information in a way that [doesn't] cause unintended effects," says a researc...
Clinician Signing and Relocation Bonuses Rose in 2015
Clinician Signing and Relocation Bonuses Rose in 2015
Clinician signing and relocation bonuses increased on average in 2015, after dipping in recent years, according to an annual report by The Medicus Firm, a healthcare recruiter. The sweeter incentives point to a shorthanded workforce, and not just in pr...
7 Ways Lean Principles Can Help Manage Population Health
7 Ways Lean Principles Can Help Manage Population Health
Lean principles and processes have become important tools for transforming health care delivery, transparency and cost.
8 Things Providers Don't Know About Debt Collection and Cell Phones
8 Things Providers Don't Know About Debt Collection and Cell Phones
A California hospital chain is learning the hard way that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, clarified by federal authorities last year, creates new hurdles for health systems that want to use cell phones as part of their debt collection efforts. C...
Healing the healers: What's being done to address physician suicide?
Healing the healers: What's being done to address physician suicide?
Physician burnout, depression and suicide are reaching alarming rates but recently several medical organizations and schools are implementing measures to address them.
Payers and Providers Lose Big With Inefficient Claims Processing
Payers and Providers Lose Big With Inefficient Claims Processing
Health insurers want error-free claims from providers and providers want accurate payment from payers — but both must improve processes to meet those goals. On the payer side, error rates dropped from nearly 20 percent in 2010 to 7.1 percent in 2...
6 Medical Billing and Collection Tips From Healthcare Pros
6 Medical Billing and Collection Tips From Healthcare Pros
For medical practices, there are few business operations more crucial than billing. A healthy revenue cycle is imperative to sustain the costly work of providing healthcare, but it's not always so easy to make sure your practice is being paid for the s...
Best Practices To Improve Your Revenue Cycle Now: 3 Experts Weigh In
Best Practices To Improve Your Revenue Cycle Now: 3 Experts Weigh In
As hospitals and health systems eye the transition to value-based care models, simplifying and investing in revenue cycle workflows is key.
5 Practices That Can Help Health Systems Build Improved Relations With Doctors
5 Practices That Can Help Health Systems Build Improved Relations With Doctors
Health system executives rank physician alignment as one of their top near-term priorities. As the market shifts toward financial incentives for quality, cost control and experience, closer collaboration between physicians and systems becomes a necessi...
Similar Reoperation Rates For Nonunion Found Between Patients Enrolled, Not Enrolled in Study
Similar Reoperation Rates For Nonunion Found Between Patients Enrolled, Not Enrolled in Study
Recently published results showed similar low rates of reoperation for nonunion and an average time to reoperation for nonunion of more than six months between patients who were enrolled and patients who were not in enrolled a multicenter, internationa...
Failure to Be 'Primarily Engaged' in Patient Care Puts Hospitals' Medicare Provider Agreements at...
Failure to Be 'Primarily Engaged' in Patient Care Puts Hospitals' Medicare Provider Agreements at...
In recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been committed to enforcing the requirement that hospitals must be "primarily engaged" in providing inpatient services to be qualified as a hospital under the Social Security Act and thu...
Report: Health Data Breaches Are Surging With No End in Sight
Report: Health Data Breaches Are Surging With No End in Sight
Attacks on our health data continue — that's no secret — but where these breaches come from is still a matter of question. Whether they come from within or without, the number of these breaches remains consistently high.
Straddling the Fence: Guiding Staff Through the Value-Based Care Shift
Straddling the Fence: Guiding Staff Through the Value-Based Care Shift
Managing a staff shift from the long-held quantity-of-care model to the new quality-of-care model can be daunting and cumbersome, but it is a challenge that must be met for the progress of the healthcare industry. In a follow-up interview with MultiBri...
Aligning Physician Compensation to Value Is No Easy Task
Aligning Physician Compensation to Value Is No Easy Task
Aligning physician compensation to performance can be a dicey matter, as it is difficult to reach a consensus on how to measure physician success. However, a number of oncology practices have been developing systems for doing this and achieving success.
15 Statistics on Orthopedic Surgeon Starting Salaries
15 Statistics on Orthopedic Surgeon Starting Salaries
Here are the starting salaries offered to orthopedic surgeons over the last five years or so, according to Merritt Hawkins' 2014 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives.
6 Top Incentives For Physician Recruitment
6 Top Incentives For Physician Recruitment
The current physician hiring atmosphere is competitive - so most healthcare organizations are adding incentives to contracts to sweeten the deal.
Oregon Hospitals Will Give Consumers Quick Estimates On Procedure Costs
Oregon Hospitals Will Give Consumers Quick Estimates On Procedure Costs
Oregon hospitals took a step toward price transparency on May 18, promising to provide cost estimates for scheduled procedures within three days.