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340B Health president was a recent guest on Monitor Monday. The following are edited remarks of her presentation.  2019 was another very busy year for people involved in the 340B drug pricing program. And it marked the end of a remarkable decade of progress and challenges. One of the most…
December 18, 2019

Home for the Holidays (Not Really): Part III

By Chuck Buck
EDITOR’S NOTE: Not everyone will be home for the holidays this season. Healthcare doesn’t ever take a holiday. Emergency departments across the country will be prepared to admit patients on Christmas Eve right on through the New Year. Holiday work schedules have been in place for some time now, and…
December 17, 2019

Home for the Holidays (Not Really): Part II

By Chuck Buck
EDITOR’S NOTE: Not everyone will be home for the holidays this season. Healthcare doesn’t ever take a holiday. Emergency departments across the country will be prepared to admit patients on Christmas Eve right on through the New Year. Holiday work schedules have been in place for some time now, and…
December 13, 2019

Home for the Holidays (Not Really): Part I

By Chuck Buck
EDITOR’S NOTE: Not everyone will be home for the holidays this season. Healthcare doesn’t ever take a holiday. Emergency departments across the country will be prepared to admit patients on Christmas Eve right on through the New Year. Holiday work schedules have been in place for some time now, and…
December 12, 2019

Happy Holidays: Update Your EMRs and Review Your Procedures

By Timothy Powell, CPA CHCP
Updating electronic medical records (EMRs) will allow for electronic signing and dating. New Medicare regulations became effective Jan. 1, 2020. Per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) news release: “To reduce burden, we are finalizing broad modifications to the documentation policy so that physicians, physician assistants, and advanced…
December 5, 2019

Medicare Releases Jurisdictional Findings – Too Late to Help

By Timothy Powell, CPA CHCP
The biggest hurdle providers face is the prospective nature of the payment system. It was always a black hole. The Medicare Provider Reimbursement Review Board, or the PRRB, as it is commonly called, decided whether hundreds of Medicare cost report appeals would move forward or would be blocked for “jurisdictional…
One rule is proposed; the other is now the final rule on price transparency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued two rules intended to increase the transparency of pricing in the healthcare system, continuing its efforts to provide patients with more data to make informed decisions…
November 11, 2019

The Intersection of Veterans and the SDoH

By Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was first published by RACmonitor on Monday, Nov. 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day. As a proud granddaughter of the Army, daughter of the Navy, and spouse and aunt of the Air Force, I’m humbled by the dedication of those who have served and continue to…