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INCREASING PROFITS

Model Tool: Meaningful Use resources

Why you need this list:

Getting certified electronic records technology can help your practice retain profits.

COMPLIANCE

How the new OIG 2014 Work Plan affects your medical office

The OIG, Office of Inspector General, oversees Medicare and Medicaid enforcement and highlights areas of focus in its enforcement efforts in a Work Plan. The 2014 Work Plan was released at the end of January and contains some items of note for medical practices.
Some items are new and others have been on the OIG Work Plan in prior years and are a continuing project.
The following items directly affect medical practices:
   1. Evaluation and management services. Billing for E/M services continues to be a concern for the OIG and this is noted as an ongoing…

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HEALTH CARE REFORM

How the Affordable Care Act affects your medical office policies and practices

You’ve heard a lot of talk about Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are a lot of changes for healthcare delivery that affect medical offices. But are you up-to-date on how ACA affects your office as an employer?
The ACA imposes new obligations on employers. Some of these are already in effect and are continuing obligations you should be satisfying, but others don’t kick in until next year or later. Review our summary of the key requirements for employers below to make sure you are compliant with those already in effect and will be ready for future deadlines.
Here are 13 key ACA requirements for employers…

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COMPLIANCE

Model Tool: Links for more on Office of the Investigator General Workplan

Why you need this list of links:

The OIG, Office of Inspector General, oversees Medicare and Medicaid enforcement and highlights areas of focus in its enforcement efforts in a Workplan. The 2014 Workplan was released at the end of January and contains some items of note for medical practices.

ACA RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

Resource List: Find the help and information you need free on government websites

Why you need this resource list:

Employers have obligations to their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

HIPAA

Government issues NEW resources to help ensure safety of electronic health records

Continuing to encourage the use of electronic health records, on January 15, 2014, HHS issued new resources to help providers address Electronic Health Record safety. HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides.
These SAFER Guides are tools such as checklists and recommended practices that can help providers assess risks and improve safety of electronic health records. The Guides are part of HHS’s Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, implemented last year…

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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Editor watches staggering changes in medical office management

By Susan Crawford
Founding Editor
Dear Readers:
Medical Office Manager’s first issue came out in November 1987. And now after 26 years as your editor, I have retired.
This is a good time to look at the issues and conundrums you as manager have faced during all that time and to congratulate you on a job well done.
The changes have been staggering. You have kept up with them all…

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HEALTH CARE REFORM

Health reform’s delay on the employer mandate raises lots of questions

There’s a new delay in health care reform.
It’s a one-year postponement of what’s known as the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
That mandate says large employers, or those with 50 or more full-time employees, have to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty. Originally, the requirement was supposed to take effect this coming January. Now the date is pushed back to 2015. That gives larger employers a year’s grace before they have to provide health insurance that meets government standards…

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