Physicians should prepare for Sunshine Act's advent July 31, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Physicians should prepare for Sunshine Act's advent
Starting Aug. 1, pharmaceutical and medical device companies must begin tracking and preparing to publicly report payments and other transfers of value made to physicians under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Doctors should ask industry representatives for an opportunity to review and, if necessary, correct all information that will be submitted to the government.
HHS scrutinizes observational care policy July 30, 2013 | Kaiser Health News -
HHS scrutinizes Medicare observational care policy
Medicare patients' chances of being admitted to the hospital or kept for observation depend on which hospital they go to -- even when their symptoms are the same, noted Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General in a report released July 30.
How to stage a successful labor audit July 29, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
How to stage a successful labor audit
Experts say internal labor audits may help hospitals and healthcare organizations navigate myriad labor laws, union contracts and other workforce issues.
CMS halts new enrollments in 3 states July 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
CMS halts new provider and supplier enrollments in 3 states
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on July 26 announced temporary moratoria on the enrollment of new home health provider and ambulance supplier enrollments in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program in fraud "hot spot" areas of Florida, Illinois and Texas.
Yelp, Google…and Medicare July 26, 2013 | Zachary Landman, MD - Chief Medical Officer, Doctorbase
Zachary Landman, MD
Physicians and hospital groups should embrace the coming age of hospital shopping and comparison and seek to guide its best practice.
Apps will help physicians track payments July 18, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Mobile apps will help physicians track payments
The free apps for iOS and Android platforms are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' OPEN PAYMENTS program, which is intended to create transparency about financial transactions between doctors, teaching hospitals, drug and device manufacturers, and other healthcare businesses, the agency explained.
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians July 17, 2013 | Tom Ormondroyd - Vice President and General Manager, Precyse Learning Solutions, Bruce Scott, MD - Precyse ICD-10 Consultant, Christian Oliver - Associate Vice President, Catalog and Courseware, Healthstream
How ICD-10 will benefit physicians
Physicians have reason to question the timing and value of ICD-10 as they have many competing priorities due to a multitude of concurrent regulatory, technology and industry changes. Nonetheless, ICD-10 implementation presents physicians with five benefits that have the potential to be major game-changers.
Sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds June 28, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Global sting seizes $41 billion in illegal meds
The International Internet Week of Action, a global cooperative effort to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products, concluded June 25 with measures taken against more than 9,600 websites, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many of those sites, falsely claiming to be Canadian pharmacies, appeared to be operating as a part of an organized criminal network.