Charlotte, NC—At the end of the North Carolina Rheumatology Association (NCRA) annual meeting, Shane Anderson, MD, President of the Association discussed the meeting, challenges he faces in his practice as well as his thoughts on ICD-10. Dr Anderson is a Practicing Rheumatologist in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has been the president of the association for the past 2 years.
By Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq, and Erica Youngerman, Esq As healthcare reform changes the face of medical practice as we know it, certain initiatives are likely to play a prominent role in emerging practice structures. Among the programs predicted to take center stage are those offered by Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, in particular, accountable care organizations (ACOs).
By David Hawk Berlin, Germany—Results of an analysis presented by Chureen T. Carter, PharmD, MS, Associate Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research at Janssen Scientific Affairs, Horsham, PA, and colleagues at the 2012 European League Against Rheumatism Congress indicate that during the time period of the introduction of biologic agents for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, the direct healthcare costs related to psoriatic arthritis management rose from approximately $3500 annually to an annual expenditure exceeding $16,000.
By Neil Canava Developing new strategies for the prevention of osteoarthritis (OA) and its significant clinical burden is largely based on better understanding of the mechanism of OA disease and identification of potential biomarkers that may be involved in the progressive deterioration of the joints, including knee and hip.
It should be no surprise that medical practices have an obligation to maintain protected health information in certain ways, and to only use and disclose such protected health information as authorized by the patient or otherwise by law. Such requirements are set forth under the Privacy Rule. By Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took the first step toward the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) on July 8 with the release of a proposed rule on payment policies and rates, as well as quality provisions, under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).
Tick tock tick tock: that sound that’s getting impossible to ignore is the clock ticking down to 12:01 am on Thursday, October 1, 2015, when the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10 CM/PCS) takes effect.
Electronic medical records represent unfulfilled promise for identifying patients who are at elevated risk for osteoporosis and fragility fractures, according to a survey of the situation in Ontario, Canada.
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