Standards and Protocols

Do you know how much the ICD-10 transition will cost? August 06, 2013 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
ICD-10 budgeting: Do you know how much the transition will cost?
To calculate the whole price, you'll need to gather best estimates of several key elements.
EHR adoption spurs data exchange August 06, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
EHR adoption spurs data exchange
A new study authored by National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, MD, and ONC researchers indicates that six in 10 hospitals actively exchanged electronic health information with providers and hospitals outside their organization in 2012.
How would you answer these public health reporting questions? August 02, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
public health reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted new entries on its FAQ system related to public health measure reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. Test your knowledge before clicking through to view the full answers.
Is it time to press the MU pause button? August 02, 2013 | Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP - Senior Vice President, Division of Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality, American College of Physicians
Michael Barr
Should we keep the schedule for Stage 2 the same but introduce an option to help EPs and EHs avoid the penalty if they cannot completely meet Stage 2 requirements?
5 red flags for claim denials August 02, 2013 | Kevin Fuller - New Media Producer at MedTech Media
medical claim denials
Medical claim denials are a hassle and can lead to financial difficulties and yet so many of them can be easily avoided. Be on the lookout for these common mistakes in office procedures and claims processing.
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap August 01, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
Physicians crown ACA with dunce cap
Healthcare reformation efforts have done little to cauterize a hemorrhaging system, physicians responding to a recent Medicus Firm survey declared, delivering downright dismal marks to various aspects of Affordable Care Act implementation.
How to manage cash needs ahead of ICD-10 transition July 30, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
How to manage cash needs ahead of ICD-10 transition
Providers should be prepared to pay rent and staff salaries if the transition does not flow as smoothly as anticipated. Experts advise having up to several months' cash reserves or access to cash through a loan or line of credit to avoid potential headaches.
HHS scrutinizes observational care policy July 30, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
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.

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