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Meeting New Medicare Requirements for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

On February 15, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Decision Memorandum revising the National Coverage Determination (NCD) 20.4 on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).  This is the first update to NCD 20.4 since its implementation in 2005.  (As of April 13, 2018, NCD 20.4 has not been updated online and there … Continue Reading

‘WannaCry’— Actions Your Healthcare IT Professional Wants You to Take Now

Thousands of computers across the globe were “held hostage” during the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks that encrypted files on Microsoft Windows operating systems that had not been either patched or upgraded.  The dust has now settled, and what we have learned from those attacks is that they could have been prevented. As a former hospital … Continue Reading

What to Expect from Telehealth in 2017

With the rise of consumerism in healthcare, and with providers and payers seeking greater efficiency, the age of telehealth now is dawning.  Market analysts project the telehealth market will grow from $2.78 billion in 2016 to $9.35 billion in 2021–more than a 333% increase over five years. The term “telehealth” refers to the provision of … Continue Reading

May 31 Deadline for 2017 Medicare Shared Savings Program

An organization interested in participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as an accountable care organization (ACO) must file a non-binding notice of intent (NOI) by 5:00 pm EDT Tuesday, May 31.  Only those organizations that file an NOI will be permitted to file an MSSP application, which will be due by 5:00 pm … Continue Reading

Getting to First Base

As all of us who work in healthcare know, we are all swinging for the fences to hit the home run of Electronic Health Record ("EHR") implementation. Practices and hospitals across the country are racing to make sure all of the myriad of boxes are checked, T’s are crossed, and I’s are dotted to be … Continue Reading

The Doctor Will See You Now??

Recently, a friend of mine went out to his car late one night to run an errand, only to find that it would not start. He was immediately concerned as he had an early AM meeting that he couldn’t miss. He had just replaced the battery so knew it must be something else. Knowing nothing of cars, … Continue Reading