Month: July 2020

CMS and CDC announce provider reimbursement available for counseling patients to self-isolate at time of COVID-19 testing

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are announcing that payment is available to physicians and health care providers to counsel patients, at the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing, about the importance of self-isolation after they are tested and prior to the onset …

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U.S. health insurers, wary of telehealth overuse, urge more planning in policy easing

Antonita Madonna U.S. healthcare providers and some lawmakers want to extend a regulatory accomodation for telehealth services granted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health insurers, however, want policymakers to manage concerns regarding its overutilization and to redefine healthcare-provider state licensing requirements. Growth in the use of telehealth services has skyrocketed during the pandemic as the Trump …

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How The Pandemic Casts Physician Burnout in New Light

By Andis Robeznieks The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the national public health problem of physician burnout and weakening patients’ tie to the essential physician care they need to manage chronic conditions. These are among the insights that AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD, shared during an online program hosted by The Atlantic magazine examining how …

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Strong passwords: 9 rules to make, remember and manage your login credentials

“The security of your bank account, Netflix account and email inbox depends on how well you safeguard your passwords.” By: Clifford Colby, Sharon Profis Strong passwords are of course key to your security. The challenge is to create strong passwords you can actually remember, without stumbling into the bad habits that can harm you — …

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This botnet has surged back into action spreading a new ransomware campaign via phishing emails

There’s been a big jump in Phorpiex botnet activity – but it’s a trojan malware attack that was the most common malware campaign in June. By Danny Palmer |  A notorious botnet campaign has surged in activity over the past month, with cyber criminals using it to distribute a ransomware campaign alongside other malware. Researchers …

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INSIGHT: Labs Must Follow Two Kickback Laws During Covid-19

By Melissa L. Jampol Despite rollbacks to Medicare and Medicaid requirements for clinical laboratory services during the Covid-19 pandemic, labs are still targets for prosecution under the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act. Epstein Becker Green attorneys say there’s been no EKRA guidance from the DOJ, which has stated its intent to aggressively pursue Covid-19 fraud, …

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Breaking News: Codes to add specificity to pathological fractures, CKD & COVID-19 finalized in 2021 ICD-10-CM update

by: DecisionHealth Editors  Nearly 500 codes – including the two new U codes for COVID-19 and vaping-related disorders – were finalized to be added to the ICD-10 code set. In addition to the 490 new codes, this update also includes 47 revised codes and 58 codes deemed invalid. Final changes were issued today by the …

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New CMS relief for clinicians participating in QPP for 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced relief for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2020. This relief only applies to clinicians attesting to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), not to Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) or Alternative Payment Model (APM) entities. We will continue to monitor Medicaid PI …

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