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CMS Innovation Center

As a result of the many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) was created to promote quality healthcare, stronger health outcomes, and encourage fiscal responsibility. CMMI acts as the facilitator for designing the most efficient payment methodology for reimbursing healthcare providers based on value rather than volume. CMMI also…


Industry Hot Buttons — Biomechanical Device Coding

Biomechanical Device Coding: Spine surgery has been one of the specialties hardest hit by recent CPT code bundling, NCCI edit updates, code revisions and additions, and RVU decreases. Most recently, biomechanical device coding changes were implemented, which impacts many spine surgery practice’s bottom lines. This change essentially states that all anterior instrumentation is now bundled…


CMS Establishes EHR Requirements For 90-Day Reporting Period

In a final rule published Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have established new requirements for the use of electronic health records. Check out the article, below, for more information!  “We are establishing new requirements or revising existing requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare and…


Relationship-Centered Communication: Why It’s Important

Known for putting patient experience first, the Cleveland Clinic revolves around relationship-centered communication. Check out this article, where experts dissect this philosophy and explain why it makes moral and financial sense!  Hospitals and providers are more aware than ever that communication and empathy can make all the difference in how a person feels about a hospital stay or medical…