Update: The 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Effect Date

In a Special Edition update sent Tuesday, March 24 by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the negative update of 21% currently under law for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule is scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2015. Medicare Physician Fee Schedule claims for services occurring on or before March 31, 2015 are […]

ASC Payment System Changes Coming in April 2015

Updates and Revisions Are Planned for CR 9100. These Changes Will Affect: Physicians and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) submitting claims to Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Action Required For Providers: Change Request (CR) 9100 describes changes to billing instructions for various payment policies implemented in the April 2015 ASC payment […]

5 Ways to Legally Protect Your Practice

New technology is introduced at a rapid pace.  Anesthesiologists, among other medical providers, are not always cognizant of the legal risks that can be involved. Here are 5 ways to protect your practice from facing legal woes, plus information on an upcoming educational opportunity on, “How Can I Protect Myself (legally) in My Practice?” Storing […]

Researchers Warn on Anesthesia, Unsure of Risk to Children

Recently, mounting evidence that the general anesthesia risk is high in babies and young children, experts said Wednesday that more research is greatly needed and that when planning surgery for a child, parents and doctors should consider how urgently it is required, particularly in children younger than 3 years.

Would Flex-IT Fix Meaningful Use?

In September, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, introduced a bill called the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act of 2014 (Flex-IT). For the most part, the healthcare industry supports this bill as it eases the burden of reporting on meaningful use (MU) to a 90-day period instead of a full year. But will it actually fix what […]