With the release of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) omnibus rule, it's time to take a fresh new look at office policies, procedures and practices.
1 May 2013
Natural disasters can wreak havoc on a practice's medical records. Five simple tips can help create a backup system that could avoid clinical data loss, and the resulting lawsuits and penalties.
1 Feb 2012
Federal regulations require doctors' offices to set up written procedures to protect against identity theft. Practice pearls outline steps to follow to comply with the new law.
1 May 2009
Offices must convert to a new electronic standard format, called version 5010, befor they can implement ICD-10 in their offices. End-to-end testing must be complete by the end of the year.
1 Mar 2011
Looking for the perfect compensation plan for your practice? Here's the secret.
1 May 2008
The Physician Quality Reporting System recently switched from incentive payments for adopting it to penalties for not doing so. To avoid future penalties, use ACP's registry tool, the PQRIWizard, to fulfill the requirements.
1 Jan 2013
Learn how doctors can best spot conditions such as anorexia or binge eating, and talk to patients about their eating disorders.
1 Feb 2013
Practices need to have an e-prescribing system up and running by the end of May. Learn how to qualify by using the G8553 code at least 10 times by then.
1 Feb 2011
Office-based labs increase efficiency, contribute to faster diagnoses and treatment and improve satisfaction. Increased regulation and reduced reimbursement should be balanced against new technology and a greatly expanded range of tests available.
1 Sep 2009
Medicare now reimburses for problem drinking as part of its Annual Wellness Visit, and a few easy-to-follow tips can help doctors screen for alcohol abuse and get paid for doing so.
1 Sep 2012