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8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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CMS proposes 1.8 percent increase in Medicare outpatient payments to hospitals
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS recently released its proposed rule for Medicare payments to hospital outpatient departments in which HOPDs would receive a 1.8 percent increase in reimbursements for the 2014 calendar year. More than 4,000 hospitals are paid under the outpatient prospective payment system. CMS said total OPPS payments in 2014 would increase heavily — by $4.37 billion from 2013 levels — as healthcare continues to shift care delivery to the outpatient setting.
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Medicare speeds up plan for doctors' pay
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Medicare is accelerating plans to initiate a controversial program that pegs a portion of doctors' pay to the quality of their patient care. The changes would affect nearly 500,000 medical doctors working in group practices. By 2015, large physician groups will receive bonuses or penalties based on their performance, with all doctors who take Medicare patients phased into the program by 2017.
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Medical credit card agreement requires interest rate transparency
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Why physicians are worried about reimbursements after ICD-10 deadline
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