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March 22, 2017

An ophthalmologist cooperative in Puerto Rico settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) earlier this year that it orchestrated an illegal boycott of a health plan. The FTC alleged that the cooperative urged its members to refuse to sign an agreement with the health plan that would have passed through lower Medicare reimbursements to …

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March 20, 2017

Do you know every single item you own – and would you be able to remember it all if you had to recall from memory? Taking a detailed home inventory requires making a thorough list of everything you own, including a description, serial number, and estimated value. Having this inventory can save lots of time …

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March 17, 2017

Take a moment to review the last year. Think about the triumphs, the failures, the unexpected wins and the unanticipated losses. A year is made up of all these things, but valuable lessons remain hidden unless you give yourself the time and space to reflect on them. To start, think about the goals you set …

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New Guidebook on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)

March 16, 2017

MACRA focuses on the quality of services rather than the number of services provided by your practice. Your Medicare revenue can see a reduction of up to 4% or an increase of up to 12%, which entirely depends on the quality reporting activities that your practice undertakes this year. 2017 is a transition year for …

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Two Words Can Soothe Patients Who Have Been Harmed: We’re Sorry

March 15, 2017

For patients and their families killed or maimed by medical errors, Crisp’s experience — in which doctors clam up and hospitals deny wrongdoing and aggressively defend their care — remains standard operating procedure in most institutions. https://tinyurl.com/zpaxesg    

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Revised CMS-855R Reassignment of Medicare Benefits Application

March 14, 2017

Physicians and non-physician practitioners must use the revised CMS-855R (Reassignment of Benefits) application beginning January 1, 2017. Per the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, Medicare Administrative Contractors can no longer accept the (11/12) version of the application as of December 31, 2016. The revised form makes the primary practice location section optional. However, this information …

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Quality Payment Program Short Training Videos Now Available

March 7, 2017

CMS has created a number of new, self-paced educational videos that are now available on YouTube (Go.cms.gov/QPPvideos) and the CMS Events page. These videos help to explain aspects of the Quality Payment Program in approximately 10 minutes or less. Quick general overview: What is the Quality Payment Program? Advanced Payment Models (APMs) Introduction to Advanced …

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Avoid a 4% Medicare Cut

March 6, 2017

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 is the first official participation year for the new Medicare payment system. 2017 is considered a “transition year” by Medicare. Click here for instructions on how to avoid the payment cut, courtesy of the Harris County Medical Society.  

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Common medical practice management screw-ups and how to fix them

February 27, 2017

Managers are often excellent workers promoted from the ranks; they may know how to do the job, but they may not know how to manage. Managers, just like other staff members, can develop habits that can derail the momentum and culture at your physician organization. Here are three critical management derailers — and solutions you …

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IRS Releases Tax Time Guide: Use IRS.gov Tools to Answer Tax Questions

February 24, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take advantage of the online tools and resources available on IRS.gov as the IRS expects heavy call volume during the last two weeks of February. This is the first in a series of 10 IRS tips called the Tax Time Guide. The guide is designed to help …

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