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August 14, 2018

HealthIT Security reports the following: SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri, reported to OCR on July 30 that an improper disposal of paper medical records may have resulted in a data breach affecting 301,000 individuals. In a public notice, St. Mary’s Hospital said that it found out June 1, 2018, that documents …

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August 13, 2018

Courtesy of lexology.com and author Mark Wiletsky: https://www.lexology.com/21605/author/Mark_B_Wiletsky/ Are physician noncompete agreements enforceable? They can be, depending on the circumstances, though there are few reported decisions in Colorado analyzing such agreements. In one recent case, the Colorado Court of Appeals concluded that, following a merger, the surviving physicians entity could not enforce a noncompete provision …

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August 10, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Quality Payment Program Participation Status Tool to include 2018 Qualifying APM Participant (QP) and MIPS APM status. The tool has been updated based on calculations from the first snapshot of data from APM entities. The first snapshot includes data from Medicare Part B claims with …

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Information on Medicare’s PECOS system

August 9, 2018

PECOS FAQs Booklet The PECOS FAQs Booklet is available. Learn about: Required information for Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) enrollment Application issues Revalidations PECOS for Provider and Supplier Organizations Booklet The PECOS for Provider and Supplier Organizations Booklet is available. Learn about: One account, multiple systems Disregarded entities in the Provider Enrollment, Chain …

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Texas allows Blue Cross Blue Shield to deny payments for some out-of-network ER visits

August 6, 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin a controversial new program today in which it will not pay any expenses for an out-of-network emergency room visit if it is later determined the patient should have gone elsewhere for treatment. Under the new policy, which was announced in April, a medical director hired by …

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NSCHBC free webinar – MACRA/MIPS Made Easy

August 3, 2018

A free webinar presented by the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants (www.nschbc.org): MACRA/MIPS Made Easy Balancing Regulatory Compliance with Provider Efficiency Register for the NSCHBC free, 60-minute webinar. MACRA/MIPS can be complicated and confusing for medical practices. In this presentation, we will share real-life experiences, perspective, tips, and potential watch-outs to help simplify …

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Top 5 issues that can a physician sued for malpractice

August 2, 2018

Great list by the Texas Medical Association (www.texmed.org): Failure to listen to and respect your patients; Failure to maintain accurate, legible, and complete documentation; Not establishing standards of conduct for office staff: Failure to order and follow up on tests; and Failure to refer when appropriate, or communicate with the referring physician.

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Keeping your physician practice employees off the web during work hours

August 1, 2018

You probably need to give employees access to the Internet so they can do their jobs, such as checking payer websites. But you might also worry that they’re wasting hours on non-work-related web surfing. There are many ways a practice can structure employees’ access to specific websites and technologies. For example, practices can install relatively inexpensive …

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Ideas to improve patient satisfaction with your medical practice

July 31, 2018

Put yourself in your patient’s shoes. When was the last time you—or a “mystery shopper”—walked in your practice’s front door and saw your practice the way your patients do? What do they hear when they phone? You may be surprised. I have seen things as simple as a sign in the bathroom that says the bathroom …

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Consider this savings opportunity if a child or grandchild has a summer job

July 30, 2018

You can contribute to a Roth IRA for him or her…up to $5,500 for 2018, but not more than the child’s earnings. Inside the Roth, earnings grow tax-free. The payin counts toward your $15,000 gift tax exclusion ($30,000 if married). There are key tax benefits to Roths. All distributions made after age 59% are nontaxable. …

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