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Medicare open enrollment set to begin; plan reliability to be learned later

As Medicare kicks off its annual open enrollment from October 15 to December 7, a few trends established in the previous few years are likely to continue. First, patients are likely to continue to migrate from the fee-for-service program to Medicare Advantage plans, including those… Read full entry»

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Telehealth fight attracts heavy hitters on both sides

October 21st, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Large pharmacies and telecom companies join the fight for expansion of telehealth services. Legislation would put telehealth on parity with regular Medicare services. Read full entry»

News from around the Web

October 16th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

In this week's news from around the web, surgeon Atul Gawande talks about end-of-life care, one surgeon gives Obamacare a failing grade and a Chicago practice decides to fight for independence. Read full entry»

Know how your billing compares and what risks you may have

October 16th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Follow 3 steps to be the best prepared to defend your claims in case of an audit -- and to educate your providers. Read full entry»

Perspectives from around the health care blogosphere

October 15th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Health bloggers share perspectives on the resilience of the pager, how to prepare for Ebola and the need to require visits for many refills. Read full entry»

LCD Updates for September 29 to October 6

October 13th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

From September 29 to October 6, 37 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | Cahaba GBA | FCSO | Highmark | NGS | NHIC | Noridian | Palmetto GBA | WPS     CGS L31836: Chemotherapy and Biologicals PitchStone Summary: Adds… Read full entry»

CMS Updates for the Week Prior to 10/13/2014

October 13th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

Pitchstone Health analysis of the four CMS transmittals out of seven released last week that is relevant to physician practices. R105MSP: Electronic Correspondence Referral System (ECRS) notification regarding Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ICD-10 changes Changes policies for referrals and notifications to allow for… Read full entry»


News from around the Web

October 9th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Physicians may determine control of the Senate, Part B premiums and deductibles set for 2015 and CVS continues push to be health provider in this week's News from Around the Web. Read full entry»

Next steps in meaningful use attestation now that initial deadline has passed

October 8th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Newly opened hardship exception among options for last ditch effort to avoid 2015 payment penalty. Read full entry»


Perspectives from around the health care blogosphere

October 8th, 2014 by Scott Kraft

Around the blogosphere this week, a fresh take on why health apps will keep growing, some perspective on the spread of Ebola in the United States and why it's important for physicians to have a good poker face when delivering bad news. Read full entry»

LCD Updates for September 22 to September 29

October 8th, 2014 by PitchStone Health Staff

From September 22 to September 29, 14 LCD (Local Coverage Determination) updates took effect: Jump to: CGS | FCSO | NGS | Noridian | Palmetto GBA     CGS L31836: Chemotherapy and Biologicals PitchStone Summary: Corrects typographical error around chemotherapy drug codes J9035, J9179 and… Read full entry»