CMS Resumes All Hospital Surveys As COVID-19 Cases Lessen
April 07, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the immediate resumption of all hospital survey activities, including those related to Medicare compliance and patient safety. This comes after the agency hit pause on the surveys while hospitals worked to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. On January 20, CMS issued...
rebuilding patient volume
Medical practices have been through more than anyone could have ever expected prior to early 2020, when the coronavirus started spreading like wildfire through the population. Before we knew it, people were wearing masks everywhere they went, avoiding large groups. Public health authorities warned individuals against gathering in small, crowded, unventilated...
Medicare Payment Bump for Rehab
  April 08, 2021 - CMS has released the proposed rules for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System and the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Issued yesterday, the proposed FY 2022 IRF Prospective Payment System rule would increase Medicare payments by 1.8 percent, or...
Telemedicine Billing: 7 Crucial Tips to Streamline Your Billing Software
Once a progressing form of medical care, telemedicine has rapidly developed into a practical option for many healthcare providers today. One recent report by the AMA stated that telehealth adoption is growing at a rate faster than any other type of medical care solution, experiencing an overall growth of...
Non-Prescription COVID Tests
The FDA grants emergency use authorization for at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. On March 5, 2021, Cue Health received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over The Counter (OTC) Use. The nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) detects...
revenue cycle automation
April 14, 2021 - About one-third of hospitals and health systems do not use revenue cycle automation, according to a new survey. The survey commissioned by AKASA was conducted through the Healthcare Financial Management Association's (HFMA) Pulse Survey program and received responses from 587 chief financial officers and revenue cycle leaders...
2% Medicare Sequestration Cuts Delayed Through End of 2021
April 19, 2021 - A two percent cut to Medicare reimbursement will be paused until the end of the year, CMS recently announced. The announcement via the MLN Connects newsletter on April 16th stated that the Medicare sequestration will not be applied to Medicare fee-for-service claims through Dec. 31, 2021, per...
Home Discharge Program Prevents Hospital Readmission For ED Patients
By Hannah Nelson May 07, 2021 - An at-home discharge service piloted at Penn Medicine successfully prevented hospital readmission in nine out of 10 emergency department patients, according to a study published in Healthcare that suggests alternative payment models could benefit patients and healthcare stakeholders alike. The Practical Alternative to Hospitalization (PATH) program...
price transparency rule
Many of the largest hospitals in the country are still not complying with a new price transparency rule that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2021, according to a new analysis. Nearly two-thirds of the 100 largest hospitals in the US by certified bed count did not meet all the...
Coverage of Non-Prescription COVID Tests
In the recent article FDA Authorizes Non-Prescription COVID Tests, AAPC reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for at-home, over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests. On March 5, 2021, Cue Health received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA for their Cue COVID-19 Test...