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  • Heard this week

    "I still recall how I've never before (or since) experienced the full range of human emotion on display at one place in one time. At least at weddings or funerals, there is general alignment of the displayed emotions."

    - Amin Azzam, MD discusses his personal experience with Match Day.


  • Joint Commission's new emergency management checklist

    On October 10, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, forcing at least two hospitals to evacuate all of their patients after their buildings sustained heavy damage. On the same day, The Joint Commission (TJC) published a new Emergency Management Health Care Environment Checklist on its website, which helps healthcare organizations that are reopening their facilities after a disaster.

    While the timing of these two events was coincidental, providers should take time to go over the checklist—and their emergency plans in general. 

    A TJC workgroup developed the checklist at the request of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. It aligns with TJC emergency management standards, covers both clinical and environmental issues, and addresses crucial post-disaster elements that need to be addressed before a facility reopens. It should be noted that the checklist isn’t hurricane-specific.

    Jim Kendig is TJC’s field director of Life Safety Code® specialists. He says it’s critical that hospitals customize the checklist for their needs by examining the relationships they establish in the community, and at the regional and state levels.

  • Revision to Publication 100-06, Chapter 3, Medicare Overpayment Manual, Section 200, Limitation on Recoupment

    On September 18, CMS published revised MLN Matters 9815, which accompanies Medicare Financial Management Manual Transmittal 293, dated September 14, 2017. The transmittal rescinds and replaces Transmittal 292, dated September 1, 2017, to correct formatting errors in the manual instructions.

    Effective date: April 2, 2018

    Implementation date: April 2, 2018

  • Quarterly Update for the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) - January 2018

    On September 18, CMS published MLN Matters 10233, which accompanies Medicare Claims Processing Manual Transmittal 3861, dated September 15, 2017. The transmittal is in regards to the DME CBP files, which are updated on a quarterly basis in order to implement necessary changes to the HCPCS, ZIP code, Single payment amount, and Supplier files.

    Effective date: January 1, 2018

    Implementation date: January 2, 2018


  • 5 Keys to Finding Physician Champions

    Smart healthcare leaders recognize the importance of bringing clinical leaders to the table when navigating any type of change that affects their work, whether it be an IT implementation or new initiative.

  • Q&A: You've got questions! We've got answers!

    Question: We have multiple practice locations, and I have a couple of questions about the new-versus-established patient rules for E/M visits. Each of our practices has a unique group national provider identifier (NPI), but they share a tax identification number (TIN).

    The first question is: What happens when a patient leaves one practice, goes to a different practice and sees a new doctor of the same specialty? Is the patient new or established for his first visit with the new doctor at the new practice?


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    • Physician Entrepreneurs: The Quality Patient Experience
    • Physician Entrepreneurs: Going Retail
    • Physician Entrepreneurs Marketing Toolkit
    • Physician Entrepreneurs: Strength in Numbers

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