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A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that obtaining price information for total hip arthroplasty is difficult and that there is a wide variation in the prices quoted.
Published in Practice Management
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed a bill that would require physicians and pharmacists to use an electronic database of a patient's prescription history when writing and filling a prescription for certain narcotics, according to a Times Union report.

Physicians and pharmacists would use the database, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing and which has up-to-the-minute information on pertinent patient information and prescription details, before dispensing narcotics such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax, the report said.

Physicians or pharmacists who fail to report information to the database, fail to review patient data before prescribing or disclose and dispense private patient information to a third party may be fined.

The report said the proposed bill aims to stop drug seekers and curb prescription drug trafficking.

Read the Times Union report on I-STOP.

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CMS Issues Proposed Changes to E-Prescribing Incentive Program
The Colorado Rural Health Center and UnitedHealthcare dispersed more than $2 million in funds to strengthen healthcare delivery in rural communities, particularly toward expanding the use of health information technology between hospitals and physician practices, according to a CRHC news release.
Omitted information was the most common error within computerized prescribing systems, according to a study in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association.
Here are four ways orthopedic practices can increase the involvement of their staff members in the practice's success.
Published in Practice Management
Here are five things orthopedic practices should consider as they design and launch their websites.
Published in Practice Management
Spine Center Network, a company that provides report cards for regional spine centers, was recently launched in 16 states, according to a company news release.
Published in Spine
The Supreme Court struck down a Vermont law that prohibited drug manufacturers and data mining companies from selling and using physicians' prescription information.
Published in News and Analysis
External security and network virus threats to hospital staff and physician mobile devices are a growing concern, according to an InformationWeek report.

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Teri A. Gatchel, MBA, CPC, a consultant with KarenZupko & Associates who is an expert in coding for orthopedic surgery practices,dsicusses four coding challenges and how they can be handled.

Published in Billing & Coding
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