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Co-pay or no co-pay? That is the confusing question
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Preventive care — a long list of services including mammograms, childhood vaccines and tobacco cessation counseling — for patients covered by private insurance is, in most cases, supposed to be covered without co-pays or coinsurance, thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But some physicians and their patients find that, rather than smoothing out the preventive care process, the new regulations only worsen the confusion about whether a co-pay or coinsurance is due. More



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Most uninsured unable to pay hospital bills according to new HHS report
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A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that few families without health insurance have the financial assets to pay potential hospital bills. On average, uninsured families can only afford to pay in full for approximately 12 percent of hospital stays they may experience — and even higher income uninsured families are unable to pay for most potential hospital stays. Hospital stays for which the uninsured cannot pay in full account for 95 percent of the total amount hospitals bill the uninsured. More

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Survey: Progress by payers toward ICD-10; concerns about provider readiness
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Survey results released by The TriZetto Group show that 93 percent of healthcare payers have chosen an approach for their core administration ICD-10 migration efforts, up from 75 percent in the third quarter of 2009, and that 86 percent of health plans are most concerned that providers will be unprepared for ICD-10 compliance and technically unable to submit claims using ICD-10 codes. More

Feedback on open-access scheduling 'by no means glowing'
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During the past decade, open-access scheduling has been pushed to make physicians more accessible to patients, improve quality and reduce emergency department use. Whether open-access scheduling is delivering as promised is unclear, according to a review published in Archives of Internal Medicine. More

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Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

Florida pushing new fees for most Medicaid recipients
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Florida wants to be the first state in the nation to charge most of its Medicaid recipients a monthly premium as well as $100 for using the emergency room for routine care. But even supporters acknowledge that the new fees, which the state legislature passed recently as part of a sweeping Medicaid measure, face long odds of getting federal approval. More



CMS issues more meaningful use guidance
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released five new frequently asked questions about the meaningful use incentive program. The questions cover exchange of clinical information, CPOE measure calculation, and the counting of patients in swing beds, nursery day patients and lab tests. More

Inspector General: Enforcement of security rule poor
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Two reports from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General take issue with the way HHS agencies are ensuring the security of electronic protected health information and enforcing the HIPAA security rule. More

Hospitals with advanced IT have more admissions, better profits
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Not-for-profit hospitals that have advanced IT systems — and/or have received quality awards — tend to be more profitable than other hospitals, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. More
 
 
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