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ICD-10 testing: CMS announces dates, pubs guidance

A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Report reveals budget gap in CBO Medicare spending projections

A 2009 Congressional Budget Office report on Medicare spending missed the mark on what Medicare spending would be in 2014

FDA issues update discouraging 'keepsake' ultrasounds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a revised consumer update that "strongly discourages" the use of fetal ultrasound imaging and Doppler fetal ultrasound heartbeat monitors for non-medical reasons, such as "keepsake" videos.

CMS to hit 257,000 docs with Meaningful Use penalties

Roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning  Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meaningful Use by Oct. 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed during a press call on Dec. 17. Of those 257,000 EPs, 28,000 will receive a 2 percent penalty for failing to meet an e-prescribing threshold.

Medical groups decry missed opportunity to repeal SGR

Medical professionals blasted last week's fe deral budget deal  for failing to address the controversial sustainable growth rate payment formula,  MedPageToday  repo rts.

How to address drug-seeking patients

Although physician practices seem to have made so me progress  in the fight against prescripti on painkiller abuse, drug-seeking and drug-addicted patients remain part of many medical offices' daily reality, according to an arti cle  from  Physicians Practice.

Senate confirms Vivek Murthy as surgeon general

The Senate has confirmed Vivek Murthy, M.D., President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. surgeon general.

CDC outlines 'unprecedented' challenges of 2014

The past year brought with it 'unprecedented' healthcare challenges, including Ebola, Enterovirus D-68 and antibiotic resistance, making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's mission critical, the agency noted in a report that reviewed the public health threats that ensued this year. 

2015 to be 'year of education and training' for ICD-10 efforts

Despite the seemingly constant threat of another delay to ICD-10, hospitals and physician practices would be wise to forge ahead with implementation, writes Deborah Grider, a healthcare consultant and current president of the Indiana Health Information Management Association.

RAC outpatient claims denials on the climb

Hospitals still continue to aggressively appealing claims denials by Recovery Audit Contractors and get a large percentage of them overturned, according to new data from the American Hospital Association's RACTrac Survey. And RACs also are becoming more aggressive in terms of denying outpatient claims for payment.