CMS Program to Give Providers Access to Medicare Patient Data

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In an effort to accelerate the transformation of the nation’s healthcare system to one that is value-based, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently launched the Data at the Point of Care (DPC) pilot program. The pilot program, announced by CMS Administrator Seema Verma during a Blue Button Developer Conference, will give healthcare…

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MedPAC: Eliminate “Incident to” Billing for ARNPs and NPs

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If Congress adopts the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC), most recent recommendations, “incident to†billing could become a thing of the past for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) and Physician Assistants (PAs). The recommendation to eliminate “incident to†billing for these providers was made in MedPAC’s biennial report issued in June. MedPAC is an independent…

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Healthcare Data Breaches Continue to Break Records

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There isn’t a day that goes by that some healthcare organization hasn’t fallen victim to a data breach. Thousands of patients from around the country are having their sensitive and personal healthcare information hijacked one way or another. From phishing emails sent to healthcare company employees, to ransomware attacks, to outright failure to secure patients’…

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DOJ Intervenes in FCA Lawsuit Filed Against Medical Device Maker

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The U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against medical device maker Life Spine Inc., along with the company’s founder and its VP for Business Development. The lawsuit alleges that the company paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to surgeons in exchange for using its spinal implants, equipment and other devices.…

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