The Wisconsin Medical Society Criticizes Fee Schedule Proposal in Workers Comp Bill

The Wisconsin Medical Society has asked all physicians to pick up the phone and call the State Capital. Wisconsin currently holds the fastest return-to-work rate in the nation and the care provided at a cost-per-workers-comp-claim falls below the national average. The...

ICD-10 Specificity

When the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pushed the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date back a year to October 2014, preparations for the code set switch dropped off the radar for some organizations.   While physician groups such as the American Medical...

Watch What You Copy-Paste as OIG Gets Serious About Stopping Cloned Notes

According to CMS, plan to prepare your office for additional scrutiny as the Office of Inspector General (OIG) pushes CMS contractors to look more carefully at suspected cloned notes and overdocumentation caused by electronic health record (EHR) workarounds. In a...

New Law Averts Physician Payment Reduction Through March

From The Wisconsin Medical Society Last month President Barack Obama signed the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 into law.  This law prevents a Medicare payment cut of more than 20 percent for physicians and other healthcare professionals that was scheduled to take...

A Little Known Rule in the ACA Could Pose Financial Risk to Doctors

Article by Michael L. Smith, JD and George F. Indest III, JD A little known rule published by CMS to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could pose a significant financial risk for doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. The rule requires health plans...

PQRS in 2014

CMS will require three measures in 2014 to avoid the 2% penalty in 2016.  In addition, the number of measures to earn 0.5% will require going from three to nine.  You have to report 50% of your Medicare patients in 2014.