Healthcare Price Transparency Adopts a Patient-Centric Approach

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new final rule within the Inpatient Prospective Payment System regarding hospital price transparency in 2018, and the new rule took effect on January 1, 2019. The rule continues the CMS mission to streamline patient-provider interactions by empowering patients to shop for their healthcare based on hospital costs. … Read more

Net Neutrality’s Impact on Interoperable Healthcare Solutions

Often the techspeak of Silicon Valley amounts to little more than overly complicated descriptions—jargon, designed to pique a reader’s interest in purchasing the latest gadget: “This next-generation hyper-notchifier (revision 6.u) is sure to make your clinic the envy of the hospital staff.” “Net neutrality” may be another combination of confusing words sure to make everyone … Read more

How Can The Open Payments Website Help Out Your Practice?

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act was implemented along with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a measure to ensure that finances within healthcare weren’t being abused. The act requires physicians to report certain transactions to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Once information has been submitted, physicians are still given a period of 45 … Read more

The Praises and Critiques on the Status of the Affordable Care Act

During his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 28th, President Barack Obama briefly discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other aspects of the changing healthcare system. Many individuals were wary of how he would handle the topic. Would he discuss the flaws of the program or would he highlight its strengths? Apparently, … Read more

New Evaluation and Management Codes to Report Billable Services

One of the many changes that went into effect on January 1st is the introduction of new evaluation and management codes. In certain cases, physicians must consult the expertise of other physicians who may have greater knowledge regarding that specialty. In these cases, the consulting physician uses the evaluation and management codes to report a … Read more

Steps Taken to Deal with California Physician Shortage

Primary care physicians provide basic healthcare, periodically checking up on your health with things like preventative tests and screenings. Their care is focused on prevention and maintaining wellness for everyone from infants to adults. However, one of the largest problems currently facing the country is the lack of incoming primary care physicians, particularly in California. … Read more