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Hospitals can charge patients facility fees of more than $1,000 if they see physicians who work in an office that is owned by the hospital, according to a report by The Boston Globe.
Published in Practice Management
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:53

CMS Names 106 New Medicare ACOs

CMS has named 106 new accountable care organizations that will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective Jan. 1.
Published in Billing & Coding
Paradigm Spine's Coflex interlaminar technology will now be covered by Medicare in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, according to International Business Times.
John R. Tongue, MD, president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, said the organization is pleased with the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 but urges elected officials to find a permanent solution to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate.
Published in Practice Management
President Barack Obama and Congress were able to avoid going over the fiscal cliff earlier this week by striking a deal to prevent huge spending cuts, including a 26.5 percent cut in physician reimbursement for Medicare patients, according to a Washington Post report.
Published in Practice Management
The following 12 settlements involved alleged False Claims Act violations, exceeded $1 million and were reached by hospitals and/or health systems within the past year. Settlements are arranged in descending dollar value.
President Barack Obama is returning to Washington, D.C., today, cutting short his holiday vacation, to prompt further negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff. However, senior officials in both parties are beginning to resign to the fact a deal to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts by the new year is unlikely, according to a Politico report.
Published in Billing & Coding
A new study published in Arthritis Care & Research of the American College of Rheumatology found that younger, taller and heavier patients are more likely to need revision hip surgery, according to a Drug Watch report.
Published in News and Analysis
Andrew Schrage of Money Crashers discusses what orthopedic surgeons can expect after the Bush Tax Cuts expire and the smartest financial moves heading into next year.
Published in Spine
Monday, 24 December 2012 11:21

CMS Braces for 27% Mandated SGR Cut in 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is preparing for the 27 percent cut to Medicare physician payments that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2013, if Congress does not act to preserve the sustainable growth rate, according the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
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