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2013 CPT Changes!

Per AMA guidelines, the new code set should be used for claims filed as of January 1, 2013. Practices are advised to check with their local payers to verify payer implementation date of the new codes, to avoid any unnecessary claims denials and delays in payments!


AHRQ Report Finds Teamwork Key to Long- Term Sustainability of Health IT Systems

A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) highlights the cumulative experiences of more than 100 grantees that implemented major health IT projects between 2004 and 2007. The report, Effective Teamwork and Sustainability in Health IT Implementation, reviews grantee experiences related to planning, long-term use, partnerships, vendor relationships, and end-user perceptions…


SGR Fix Hostage to Fiscal Cliff Debate

Physicians are scheduled to reSGR Fix Hostage to Fiscal Cliff Debateceive a 26.5 percent reduction in payments starting Jan. 1 unless Congress intervenes. Action to avert the cut is being considered as part of broader fiscal cliff negotiations on tax and spending policies. However, these discussions remain up in the air, creating uncertainty over the timing of a solution.


ACOs Serve Nearly 10 Percent Of Americans

Almost 10 percent of U.S. patients receive their healthcare from an accountable care organization (ACO), and almost half live in areas served by at least one ACO, according to a new study from Oliver Wyman. This means that ACOs, little known in the United States as recently as two years ago, now have a substantial…


The Future of Meaningful Use and Beyond

At the 98th meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago on Nov. 26, 2012, Keith J. Dreyer, DO, PhD, vice chairman of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, discussed the future of imaging informatics in the face of meaningful use. CMS’ meaningful…