Oncology Practice Management - February 2013, Vol 3, No 1

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The following sections will assist healthcare professionals and payers by providing appropriate coding and billing information associated with supportive care for the management of patients with cancer. Read More ›

Payers, just like the rest of us, do not want to pay more than they have to for anything. Over the years, payers have used countless strategies to reduce their costs. Some have worked, some have not. Read More ›

Implementing electronic health record (EHR) technology requires a commitment from every person in a medical practice to reap the benefits of the technology. At the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, Mark A. Sitarik, MD, outlined the principles of successful adoption and implementation of health information technology (IT), from selection to clinical decision support. Read More ›

On a regular basis, news headlines across the country announce the opening of another accountable care organization (ACO)—a phrase that was rarely, if ever, heard before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. This game-changing healthcare reform element created the mechanism for Medicare providers to establish ACOs. Read More ›

We have survived yet another bout with the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, the “fiscal cliff” deductions, as well as significant cuts from Medicare, and the year has only started. Read More ›

On January 18, 2013, nearly 3 years after its initial proposed rule, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the long-awaited and much-anticipated HIPAA “omnibus” rule, extending the scope of the privacy law beyond providers to their business associates and subcontractors and adding increased penalties. Read More ›

Medical professionals who own their private practice wear 2 hats: a professional one and a business one. Read More ›

Anticipating major changes in how oncology practices could be structured over the next several decades, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has undertaken a full-scale study of how oncology practices are structured today and how they are preparing for the future in response to increasing economic pressures and new developments in cancer care. Read More ›

Beginning in 2014, state health insurance exchanges will offer consumers a more organized and competitive market for buying health insurance. Read More ›


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