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Healthcare reform will be a big issue for all healthcare providers next year, especially ambulatory surgery centers. Uncertainty surrounding legislation and implementation has already had a big impact on the ASC market and several new initiatives will present challenges in 2013. Here, industry professionals discuss what they expect to see next year and how surgery centers can successfully overcome these challenges.
The Alliance of Specialty Medicine has written a letter to both Houses of Congress asking for a solution to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations.
Published in Spine
Five major physician lobbying groups expect to push Congress today to avert the upcoming Medicare reimbursement cuts to physicians and repeal the SGR formula altogether, according to a CQ Healthbeat News report.
A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that physicians fighting coverage denials have a good chance of succeeding, according to an American Medical News report.
Published in Practice Management
Healthcare organizations and providers may submit comments until Jan. 14, 2013 on CMS' draft recommendations for stage 3 of the meaningful use objectives for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Program.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 09:25

AAOS to Lobby Congress on Fiscal Cliff Issues

On November 29, 2012, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons is hosting a fly-in for its members to lobby Congress on orthopedic issues at the center of fiscal cliff negotiations, such as the sustainable growth rate, sequestration and access to timely orthopedic care.
Bruce Kupper on surgery center administrationMedarva at Stony Point Surgery Center in Richmond, Va., has a policy of accepting every patient, regardless of their payor, and is able to maintain profitability despite treating a considerable number of Medicare and Medicaid cases. In some markets, surgery centers are considering dropping government payor cases, but CEO Bruce Kupper doesn't see that in the future for Medarva.
CMS is asking for public comment on new measure specifications for potential use by eligible professionals in the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, which were developed under contract by Mathematica Policy Research and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the financial repercussions of maintaining Medicare's current payment rates to physicians, finding it would increase federal spending by $10 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Published in News and Analysis
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule last week, which includes a few updates for spine coding, according to a report from the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.
Published in Spine
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