With just a few months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline.
Hospitals and medical practices across the country are constantly updating technology, processes and procedures. Here's our once-a-month roundup of some of the most notable regional changes happening in the country.
It’s no secret that pressing the “On” button for Electronic Health Records (EHR) hasn’t been easy. But a study just released by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association found that “major obstacles” need to be overcome to fully realize the potential of health information technology and capitalize on the investments that have already been made.
Recently, internal medicine specialists converged upon the Boston Convention Center for the 2015 ACP Internal Medicine meeting. In the spirit of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization, ACP brought out world-class faculty who presented workshops on the latest advances in clinical science, practice management, physician leadership, healthcare policy, mHealth technology and medical informatics.
Thomson Reuters Checkpoint has released a special report for employers and other professionals who advise business clients. The report, "Get Ready to Play or Pay: Employer Shared Responsibility Under Health Care Reform," highlights key provisions employers must understand to avoid tax penalties related to the Affordable Care Act.
Healthcare providers and policy analysts who thought Congress would finally eliminate the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) mechanism had their hopes dashed on Friday, March 14 when U.S. House of Representatives voted to fund such a move by delaying tax penalties for not being insured as called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.