Medicare fraud is a victimless crime, right? Unfortunately, some folks still see things that way. That attitude may account for why Medicare fraud costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year. Who says? The FBI! Obviously Medicare fraud isn’t a victimless crime since those Medicare dollars come from taxpayers.
I have worked as an advanced practice provider (APP) in pediatric rheumatology for nearly 16 years. My collaborating physicians have allowed me to function to the full extent of my scope of practice while allowing me to develop professionally within the subspecialty. My latest endeavor has been learning how to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) and incorporating it into my daily practice.
Fear and anxiety are widely regarded as major impediments to patients scheduling surgery. They lead to delays that, in many cases, can exacerbate patients’ problems and negatively impact their quality of life. As surgeons, we can offer our skills and training to help our patients realize life-changing outcomes; but despite all our efforts to make our patients comfortable with surgery, fear and anxiety often dominate our patients’ decisions and prevent them from proceeding with surgery.
In today’s healthcare environment, there are several types of medical images captured outside of structured, order-based radiology processes. Consider, for example, an inpatient who must have a bladder ultrasound performed at the bedside to aid in the placement of a catheter, or a photo of a compound fracture taken in the Emergency Room that is meant to accompany an x-ray.
This June 2019 abstract summary includes, the illusion of multitasking, possible gamechanger for sport-related concussion recovery, what's missing in the diagnosis of nonspecific headache and back pain, and more.
By emphasizing better-coordinated preventive care, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans pave the way to a more patient-centric future health system that prioritizes and rewards quality and cost-effective care.
With ever-increasing amounts of private equity flowing into health care, orthopedic surgeons are being approached by firms offering capital infusion or partnership arrangements. If your group is considering going this route, ensuring your “house” is in good order will better position you for success. “Success” in this context means a premium offer. If your practice is not in optimal order, you risk a less than top tier offer or worse yet, you may cost yourself the deal in total.
Keeping patients safe during and after orthopedic outpatient surgery of all types — arthroscopy, joint replacement, hand, spine and other procedures —will be of ongoing concern as the frequency with which these procedures are performed increases and anesthesia and surgical protocols evolve. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stated in a position statement that with the continued advancement of medical technology comes more opportunities for outpatient surgery to be utilized.
As the lead advocacy organization for the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) is dedicated in its mission to advance the profession and enhance patient care. For us, protecting patient safety, advancing healthcare standards and guiding smart policy are fundamental priorities.
Approximately 70 percent of organizations are not HIPAA compliant. According to HIPAA rules, any company that deals with protected information must have a physical network and process security measures that are followed to ensure compliance. It may be safe to say that many organizations are still perplexed about HIPAA audits, enforcements and compliance. As a result, the number of organizations that fail to meet compliance each year remain the majority. To begin understanding compliance, healthcare organizations would be wise to consider three key recommendations.