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Providers deserve ICD-10 coding clarity
April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “ICD-10 delay puts pressure on CMS for answers”: I think that no matter when they mandate implementation of ICD-10, all payers should be required to provide end-to-end testing at least three to six months prior to the implementation date.
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CMS hospice demo a step forward
March 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding "CMS hospice plans draw mixed reactions": The upcoming CMS hospice demonstration is a critical step in the evolution of end-of-life care.
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Doctors should welcome advanced-practice nurses
March 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding: “Physician assistant, nurse practitioner workloads expected to increase”: Wake up, doctors, and look at the reality of the gift you are being handed.
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Online ratings prove unhelpful
March 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Dealing with online ratings often proves challenging for doctors”: Sadly, when I tried to Google my orthopedic surgeon, the reviews were emotionally charged, subjective and overall unhelpful.
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Doctors are only part of the cure
February 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “More patients controlling high blood pressure, but still below U.S. goals”: You can have the best doctors in the world, but if you don't follow their advice, they won't be able to do much to help you.
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Reform law doesn't go far enough to protect patients
January 31, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Providers push for further delay of two-midnight policy”: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not go far enough to protect the patient. Healthcare providers should be required to post the patient's rights that include where to file a complaint, make suggestions or comments and provide the forms to do so.
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U.S. Chamber had its chance to fix healthcare
January 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeking to "fix" the Affordable Care Act now that they've accepted they can't kill it: If only they and their sponsors were so determined to "fix" healthcare and health insurance in the decades before the ACA was enacted.
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A flu-shot alternative
January 02, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding: “Pregnant nurse fired after refusing flu shot”: At our health facility, we have the option of the flu shot or a mask that we wear until the official end of the flu season.
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Get Catholic Church out of hospital administration
December 20, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As a family physician who is a Catholic and a woman, I believe the Catholic Church needs to be withdrawn from all hospital administration in order for patients to receive the full range of legal options for their care.
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Nurses do the actual care-coordination work
December 05, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Docs welcome Medicare pay for care coordination, but worry about administrative burdens”: So docs are embracing payment for care-coordination services they provide outside of their offices? Wait a minute. MDs are not performing these care-coordinator roles, RNs are.
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Portals useful if patients, providers both take part
November 22, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “No evidence that messaging portals reduce costs, improve outcomes, review of studies shows”: Without digging into each study, I can't comment on the factors the reviewers used to determine value. Portals must be wanted by providers and patients. Then they must be used by both.
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Find reason for decline in out-of-pocket spending
November 18, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Analysis finds slow progress improving outcomes, big jumps in chronic disease since 1980”: What if you peeled back a few more onion layers on the comment “The report highlighted a number of surprises, including a steady decline in personal out-of-pocket healthcare spending since 1980”?
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Priced out of insurance market
November 15, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding "Low enrollment expected to amp up pressure to tinker with ACA": The problem is that healthcare is now affordable for those who are going to get it free. However, it is now too expensive for those who used to have it to afford it.
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Providers stand to lose money
October 04, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Most federally run exchanges will offer more plans, lower premiums than expected”: How are providers going to be better off? Most plans have high deductibles that will still go unpaid.
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Article confuses SNF issues
September 27, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Judge tosses lawsuit claiming burden on Medicare observation patients”: Per the article about the nuisance Center for Medicare Advocacy lawsuit understandably thrown out by a federal judge, maybe now the press will start explaining the situation correctly. This article did not.
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Telehealth docs need credentialing, too
September 26, 2013
Regarding “Licensing issues could slow telehealth services”: I would like to add some comments to the article on licensing and telehealth. While licensing does take time, don't forget credentialing.
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Officials not truly concerned about fighting fraud
September 05, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
I was reading with great interest the article by Jessica Zigmond on fraud, and I have to say that HHS' Office of the Inspector General and all the rest of the agencies are interested in nothing but lip service.
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By now, privacy is a myth
July 16, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “WellPoint to pay $1.7 million HIPAA penalty”: WellPoint is just the tip of the iceberg. Since all of our personal phone messages, e-mails and Internet correspondence have been tapped into by the National Security Agency, why would we even be concerned about our medical information?
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EHR push raises ethical questions
July 08, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “HHS signs off on IT patient-safety plan”: Perhaps the government should have figured out how to standardize reporting of IT and EHR safety issues before requiring and incentivizing us to use them.
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DOMA ruling will benefit healthcare community
June 28, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “New healthcare rights, thanks to DOMA ruling”: I'm very sure that this decision will ultimately benefit all of the healthcare community. It will lead to less confusion in the handling of same-sex spouses as next-of-kin in medical decisions.
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