The CDC has issued and updated specific guidance on the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic for health care professionals on its website (accessible here: CDC Coronavirus – Health Care Professionals) and has advised health care facilities and clinicians (including physicians and dentists) to “prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.” (See:  CDC Guidance for Health Continue Reading

The long-anticipated implementation of ICD-10 coding finally began this past Thursday, October 1, 2015.  As of that date, government and commercial payors ceased to accept claims under the old coding system (ICD-9).  The transition has been five years in the making due to a government delay in 2012.

The new system has five times the codes of the prior system, … Continue Reading

These days, more often than not, physicians and up on the short end of the stick when it comes to new health care legislation. However, last month a bill was introduced by Senator David Argall which, if passed, would give physicians and other healthcare providers important protection against retroactive insurance denials. Specifically, Senate Bill No. 554 would limit the period … Continue Reading

Physicians who reassign their right to bill the Medicare program can still be liable for false claims submitted by the entities who obtained that reassignment, as discussed in a recent "Alert" issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG). [PDF].

OIG also referenced settlements it reached with eight physicians who had reassigned their payments to physical medicine companies … Continue Reading

A recent U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement with a medical device manufacturer highlights the need for physicians to pay close attention to their dealings with medical device companies.

The settlement, announced in December, calls for the payment of $23.5 million to resolve allegations that a medical device manufacturer was manipulating post-market studies to improve the results and to encourage … Continue Reading

According to an article in the Arizona Republic posted on AZcentral.com, Health Net of Arizona has begun offering a new "narrow network" HMO product to employers in conjunction with Banner Health, a health system offering healthcare services in seven western states.  Under the new plan, employers will receive premium discounts for limiting their network of providers to the newly formed "Banner Health … Continue Reading

One of the major trends in health care today is to allow greater patient access to health information.  In keeping with that, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed amendments to the CLIA regulations which would require labs covered by the health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to provide test results directly to patients. According to HHS Secretary … Continue Reading

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Human Services, recently announced during a press conference that HHS will as of July 1, 2011 be rolling out a $77 million computer program designed to prospectively identify potentially fraudulent Medicare claims by collecting and analyzing patterns in large numbers of submitted claims. According to a recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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