Medical Malpractice News

22Jul, 2015

Are You Ready for ICD-10?

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As a medical provider or practice administrator are you prepared to transition to ICD-10? Many practices are ready for the new system, but some are way behind and will have medical claims rejected if they aren’t using the appropriate codes. In order to avoid billing problems with Medicare and Medicaid medical providers need to get up to speed on ICD-10. The World Health Organization has created the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, called ICD-10. It is a system of codes for medical records that includes diseases, symptoms, […]

19Jun, 2015

Better Service, Better Value from eQuoteMD

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Over the last few months we've been working behind the scenes to come up with new ways to bring you even better customer service than ever. At the same time we've been seeking out ways to strengthen our ability to offer you the greatest values on medical professional liability insurance anywhere in the market. And we think we've succeeded.

15Apr, 2015

Doctors Declare Victory in Fight Over Medicare Reimbursements

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Many in the healthcare community are celebrating today. Yesterday, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 (H.R.2), thus staving off a 21% decrease in Medicare reimbursement rates set to take effect today, April 15th. But this bill is different than what we’ve seen in the past, this bill eliminates the formula that causes these crisis moments that in the past have been addressed with short-term extensions. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was introduced in 1997, and has been a source of frustration […]

2Apr, 2015

Carrots and Sticks: Electronic Health Records, Meaningful Use, and Your Practice

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Six years ago Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. With those pieces of legislation came major changes to the way doctors and other healthcare workers would process the information that they work with every day. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) were to be universally adopted and implemented from the small rural family practice to the largest hospitals in the nation. And in many ways, this goal is being realized. In 2008, the year before these rules were codified only 17% of doctors and 9% of hospitals were using EHRs. As of a few weeks ago according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) those numbers are at 65% and 80% respectively. And we think those numbers will continue to climb this year and in the coming years, for at least two primary reasons.