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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Impact on Radiology, Part 2

As a follow up to our first blog post regarding the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule highlights, you will find additional information and details below: New Bundled Mammography Codes CMS will also not make any changes to the technical component (TC) reimbursement for mammography with CAD, but CMS is changing the code definitions to match Read More >>

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Impact on Radiology, Part I

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, which updates policies and payment rates for services provided on or after Jan. 1, 2017. CMS released the Proposed Rule for comment on July 7, 2016. Overall, CMS estimates a 2017 conversion factor of $35.8887, Read More >>

MIPS and MACRA Preliminary and Final Rule Update Status

In April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rules for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The rules outlined the transformation of the current Quality Incentive Programs (PQRS, Meaningful Use and Value-based Payment Modifier) into a new incentive program called Read More >>

ICD-10 Revisited: Preparing for 2017

Despite the many regulatory changes healthcare providers faced over the course of this year, none was as highly anticipated as ICD-10 implementation. While industry leaders predicted the transition would cause significant operational disruptions, increased technological demands and cash flow interruptions, publications like Modern Healthcare were already describing the event as “like Y2K” just 12 short Read More >>

Collaboration 101: The Changing Competitive Landscape

Consolidation is coming to healthcare, more rapidly than ever. After decades of fragmentation, financial pressures, heightened competition and regulatory changes are contributing to an increase in mergers and acquisitions across the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders—payers, health systems, physician groups and more. According to the 2014 Deloitte Center for Health Solutions study “The Great Consolidation,” the Read More >>

Integrated Medical Partners Announces Expansion of Leadership Team

Dale Brown will serve as Senior Vice President of Operations Milwaukee, Aug. 2, 2016 — Integrated Medical Partners (IMP), the industry leader in information solutions and revenue cycle management services for hospital-based practices nationwide, today announced the hiring of Dale Brown as Senior Vice President of Operations at the company’s office in East Peoria, Ill. Brown Read More >>

Why Satisfaction Surveys are Vital

The era of value-based healthcare is (almost) here. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a new program that would further shift the nation’s healthcare system away from the fee-for-service payment model, and more towards value-based care. The proposed Quality Payment Program (QPP) is part of the agency’s implementation of the Medicare Read More >>

Optimize Cash Flow with RCM Best Practices

As healthcare transitions from a fee-for-service to a payment-for-value system, reimbursement models and payments will continue to evolve in tandem. This places revenue cycle management (RCM) front and center in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Today, providers face pressure to lower costs and increase productivity while maintaining a high level of quality. The rise of the Read More >>

HIPAA Compliance 101

In last month’s blog post, we discussed five essential elements of corporate compliance for physician groups and health systems. This month we will give an overview of HIPAA and its significance within the industry. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. The law’s Privacy Rule, requiring Read More >>