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Telemedicine and HIPAA: Avoid Compliance Nightmares

Thinking about adding telemedicine service to your practice?

Sure, it can save you money – and time, but if you’re not careful, it can also significantly increase your compliance liability in a variety of areas – with HIPAA in the lead.  HIPAA violations can lead to allegations of fraud, fines, penalties and even jail (yes, it does happen). Read more...

Stop Ransomware Hackers Before They Strike
A frightening new kind of malware has made headlines all over the world during the past few years. Ransomware is a hack that really represents the digitization of an age-old tactic: the holding of hostages. However, in today’s data-centric world, the hostage is not a human being, but your patient data. Read more...
Stay Off of CMS’ Audit List
The number of physician practices being audited each year continues to rise. As a result, more and more providers committing fraud, or just making mistakes, are being identified and required to pay massive penalties or have even been sentenced to jail time.   In many instances, the violation wasn’t intentional, but because they had no way to identify and rectify their mistakes, they were left dealing with the serious consequences. Read more...
Implement a Compliant Emergency Preparedness Plan ….. Or Else

Recently, with massive wildfires, chart-topping storms and more, emergency preparedness has been on many people’s mind, with good reason, and it’s something that hospital and provider administrators think about on a regular basis.

Now, CMS has come out with a directive covering many of the aspects of how providers must operate in a range of emergency scenarios.  Read more...

2018 Update to ICD-10-CM is Here

As of October 1st, your outpatient claims will be expected to incorporate the new 2018 ICD0-10-CM code, which include 360 new, 142 deleted, and 226 revised codes going live. Just like last year’s changes, many of the new codes provide more specificity to your diagnoses. This means you’ll need to work with your clinicians to ensure they are providing you with more detailed information. Read more...

Telehealth Security: Protect Patient Information and Your Practice
Offering telehealth services introduces significant security threats to your patients’ electronic private health information (ePHI) that can lead to massive fines if there is a breach. Follow these proven strategies to make sure your telehealth services and your patients’ ePHI are protected. Read more...
CMS Releases Clarification on Special Status Calculation for Quality Payment Program

As if getting your head around the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) wasn’t challenging enough, CMS is now retracting an erroneous email sent in late July. The email incorrectly stated that clinicians who qualify for “special status” would be fully exempt from the Quality Payment Program. Their latest guidance (sent in early August) corrects this error, stating that special status clinicians are not fully exempt from the program. Read more...

Boost Your NPP Reimbursement by 15% with Incident to and Stay Off of Auditor Hit Lists

Leveraging incident to billing for your Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP) services is a great way to increase your revenue by as much as 15%. Done right, your NPPs can receive payments for their services at the same rate as your physicians (vs. the normal 85%).  Read more...

Add Telehealth Services to Improve Your Practice Success
Experts predict that the telehealth industry will reach $9.35 Billion by 2021 - an astounding leap from just $2.78 Billion in 2016. And, in a recent survey by American Well, 20% of patients say they would change doctors just to be able to access telehealth services. Will your practice be left behind? (Read more...)
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