Monitor Mondays Podcasts

“The Medicare appeals system merits process improvement beyond current proposed reforms,” according to multiple authors, including Monitor Mondays special guest Charles Locke, writing in the April 12 edition of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. During the next edition of our weekly Internet broadcast, Dr. Locke will share his perspective on the challenges currently facing hospitals dealing with patient observation stays.

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Could there be a re-introduction of the “death panels,” a provocative campaign that spread like wildfire during the 2009 debate surrounding what we know today as Obamacare? Our special guest Dr. Michael Salvatore, a practicing pulmonologist at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., reports our lead story on challenges facing providers of palliative care.

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What are the trends and early warnings to be gleaned from an analysis of Medicare cost reports that Medicare-certified institutional providers are required to submit annually to their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs)? Timothy Powell, Monitor Mondays financial reporter, will deliver our lead story during the next edition of the weekly Internet broadcast.

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On the next edition of Monitor Mondays, Mary Beth Pace, vice president of care management at Trinity Health, will share how her health system is traversing the new compliance landscape of the MOON: the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, which became effective March 8. What are they discovering, and how are they seeking to comply with this latest directive from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)? What lessons are they learning that they can share with others? Join us for the next edition of our weekly Internet broadcast to learn more. 

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Early warning signs have revealed that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon be launching an audit program for compliance with administrative simplification, according to Monitor Mondays special guest Matthew Albright, former director of the CMS Administrative Simplification Group, now vice president of legislative affairs for Zelis Healthcare. 

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