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573-874-2437, the next step is creating quality content that will ultimately attract new patients and retain current ones. The content you publish speaks to your brand and highlights your practice’s personality. Emphasizing what makes your practice unique and leveraging content that is relevant to your patients will position you a social media leader in your field.

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WebEOC boards exist to facilitate collaboration and increase situation awareness.  Administrators dedicate a significant amount of time to create WebEOC boards that are tailored to meet a user’s operational requirements and organizational preferences.  To support administrators, the new WebEOC streamlines the board building process and improves the look of standard WebEOC boards, saving users valuable time and making it easier for novice board builders to create aesthetically pleasing status boards.   In addition, the new WebEOC places an emphasis on general usability. The new software will specifically focus on functional enhancements and aesthetic improvements.

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The primary source of frustration for many independent physician practice owners is that they want to be able to do what they were trained to do in med school. Physicians are trained to diagnose and treat patients, but end up having to spend most of their time doing administrative work.

When you received your medical degree, you earned the title of M.D. or D.O. What they didn’t tell you in school is that, once you start your own practice, you must also take a crash course in running a business.

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On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (888) 571-6778, solidifying Medicare Part B payment policy changes for the coming year. These changes are effective Jan. 1, 2016.

First and foremost, the final rule implements the 0.5 percent payment update for 2016 which was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. However, even though Congress mandated a 0.5 percent increase for 2016, this is offset by a Misvalued Code negative adjustment of 0.77 percent.

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We can’t wait to release the new WebEOC to our clients on November 16. There are many great improvements, and one of them is the way incidents are handled. As you know, incidents in WebEOC are created everyday across the world by agencies ranging from emergency managers at all levels of government to those in the private sector such as airlines and the nuclear industry.

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In Mid-October outgoing Speaker of the House, John Boehner and the Obama administration announced that they had reached a deal that would set spending levels for the next two years and extend the country’s borrowing authority until March 2017. This deal, passed by both houses of Congress was signed into law by the President on November 2nd.  This bi-partisan budget deal will avert the looming deadline in early November to raise the debt limit, while also providing some amount of budgetary certainty for the next two years by setting top-line spending amounts. The deal also includes many other policy provisions such as changes to Social Security benefits and Medicare.

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With the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of ICD-10, the Intermedix team is monitoring claims and payments diligently. It is too early yet to identify any negative financial impact for our providers, but we are happy to report that we have successfully billed for almost 100 percent of our emergency medicine claims. The claims not billed were identified as being related to Medicaid Managed Care plans that did not have their systems ready for the transition.

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Social media has become the biggest platform for communication amongst online communities. Outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and blogs are most popularly utilized in not only a social setting, but for businesses as well. “Business to Consumer” and even “Business to Business” companies have jumped onboard and adapted these social media trends to effectively communicate with their audiences.

One of the most common misconceptions about social media is that all users are under the age of 25 and only use for recreational purposes. Currently, 72 percent of all Internet users are now active on social media. Of all internet users blatti are active on social media.

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It is a best practice to have both a production environment, housed on the live server, and a development environment, housed on the test server, for your instance of WebEOC.  Intermedix has both environments available to encourage users to test boards and system updates using the development environment before moving them over to the production environment.

With the newest version of WebEOC coming out on November 16, it is only timely that we take some time to explain the main reasons the development environment is so important.

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About 160 million Americans currently receive their health insurance through their employer, tax free. This Employer Sponsored Insurance (ESI) tax exemption costs the U.S. government $250 billion in tax revenue annually, making it the third largest health program in the United States. However, due to a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a portion of certain costly health plans will begin to be taxed in 2018. This provision is known as the “Cadillac Tax.”

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Big Data presents many, high-value opportunities.  These include of course new products and services, but also better products and services.  For example, in the health care sector, improved statistics, predictive modeling, and machine learning mean the ability to improve patient outcomes in an increasingly cost-effective manner. Reducing patient readmissions to hospitals, decreasing overutilization of CT scans and subsequent radiological harm, and improving initial diagnostic accuracies are all obtainable objectives through the appropriate application of Big Data.

 

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California, Louisiana, Maryland and Montana will not be fully converting from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 coding system effective Oct. 1.

Although all Medicaid institutions have been federally mandated to change diagnostic coding systems, these states’ Medicaid organizations will be taking incoming claims coded in the new ICD-10 system and convert them back into ICD-9 code. They will then be able to use the older system to process payments to health care providers.

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Before the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), if a state excluded a provider from participation in its Medicaid program, the provider was still able to participate in a separate state’s Medicaid program. In an effort to prevent fraud, the ACA requires states to terminate a provider’s participation in their respective state Medicaid programs if that provider is terminated for cause from the Medicaid program in any state.

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The episode of care can be designated as initial, subsequent or a sequela for injuries, poisonings and other conditions. The episode of care simply describes the phase of treatment-active vs routine healing. Furthermore, it only refers to the diagnosis code and should not be confused with the new and established patient visits described in CPT, which assist in assigning an E&M code. 

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In late August, the Alaska Supreme Court refused to temporarily block the state from expanding their Medicaid program. This outcome will allow thousands of lower-income Alaskans to become eligible for Medicaid, effective Sept. 1, 2015.

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On July 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended 336-922-8696 for new ambulance providers and home health agencies (HHAs) in certain metropolitan areas within six states—Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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“If you don’t write it down, it never happened,” is a saying that first responders and providers around the world live by when completing accurate patient care documentation. Regardless of skill level, the vast majority of EMTs recognize the protective value comprehensive documentation has in preserving a record of the quality care they provided. Why then are patient signatures the most frequently omitted element of a patient care record (PCR)?

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In addition to updating the Relative Value Units that are used to determine what Medicare pays for each medical service, this proposed rule also contains other major Medicare payment policy changes that span the full spectrum of Medicare Part B.

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Recently the American Hospital Association (AHA) released an inspiring publication titled “Always There, Ready to Care,” which highlights the importance of emergency medicine. The publication was publicly released with the intent for it to be shared widely by policymakers, media and the general public.

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Hospitals across the country are adding geriatric emergency departments or bringing their emergency departments into compliance with the necessary elder care guidelines. The goal is to better serve the aging U.S. population and meet the demands of this rapidly growing demographic. Geriatric emergency departments are designed to specialize in treatments for seniors and to avoid readmission to the hospital.  In turn, this can save health networks and hospitals money while providing increased quality of care.

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