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Countdown to ICD-10: Is Your Practice Ready for Launch?

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Yes, ICD-10 is really going to happen. The launch is set for October 1, 2015, and if you’re not ready for implementation, the alarm bells should be going off. Ideally, you will have everything in place by early September, giving you and your team time for testing and trial runs. However, if you have not…  read more

 

Senate Delays Vote on Bipartisan Bill on Medicare Doc Fees

Friday, March 27th, 2015

AP WASHINGTON — Mar 27, 2015, 3:22 AM ET The Republican-run Senate has delayed giving final congressional approval to bipartisan legislation permanently blocking Medicare cuts for physicians until next month. The GOP-led House approved the $214 billion bill Thursday, moving Congress close to resolving a problem that has long plagued it. That 392-37 vote, plus President…  read more

 

New York Times Runs Segment on Vaccine Debate

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

NY Times segment on Vaccine Refusal

 

US PREMATURE BIRTH RATE DROPS for SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The Huffington Post (11/7, Pearson) reported that yesterday, the March of Dimes released its annual Premature Birth Report Card revealing that the US “premature birth rate…has dropped for the seventh consecutive year, to 11.4 percent of all births in 2013.” The US “government’s goal had been to reduce preterm births from a baseline of 12.7 percent…  read more

 

CDC: EIGHT MILLION WOMEN In the US HAVE SKIPPED CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING In The PAST FIVE YEARS.

Monday, November 10th, 2014

NBC Nightly News (11/5, story 8, 1:55, Williams) reported, “A startling number out tonight from the CDC reporting that eight million women in” the US “have skipped the screening test for cervical cancer in just the past five years.” On its website, NBC News (11/6, Fox) reports that Ileana Arias, the CDC’s deputy director, said,…  read more

 

State Medical Society Announces Candidate Endorsements

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Want to Know Who MSSNY Endorsed for the Upcoming Elections and Why? At the September 11, 2014 meeting of the MSSNY Council, MSSNY endorsed 15 legislators/candidates for the State Legislature and Congress.   To view the list and the reasons for MSSNY’s endorsement, click here. With Elections Upcoming, Now Is Good Time to Meet with Your Congressperson…  read more

 

Medicare Paper Filers

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Administrative Simplification Compliance Act Reminder The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires providers to submit claims electronically, unless they meet an Administrative Simplification Compliance Act (ASCA) exception and have an ASCA waiver form on file with their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). To meet CMS requirements, National Government Services launched an ASCA review beginning…  read more

 

UPDATE to the “PHYSICIAN PAYMENTS SUNSHINE ACT”

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Beginning June 1, physicians can register to review and potentially dispute their data reported by manufacturers of drugs and medical devices under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said physicians will be able to begin reviewing disclosure data sometime in July. The two-step registration process requires physicians to first…  read more

 

Archived Webinar on MERS Available to View

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

On May 2, 2014, the first U.S. case of MERS was confirmed in a traveler from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. and on May 11, 2014, a second U.S. imported case of MERS was confirmed in a traveler who also came to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia. People who had close contact with this patient…  read more

 

NEW TELEMEDICINE GUIDANCE ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 26, 2014, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) adopted and approved updated guidelines to help ensure the safety and quality of medicine when it is practiced using telemedicine technology. The Model Policy on the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine provides much-needed guidance and a basic roadmap that…  read more