Billing News Sep 2019



How to Communicate Clearly with Patients About Healthcare Costs

  • September 9, 2019

Forty-one percent of patients responding to surveys said the health care industry's performance is subpar when it comes to billing, and 61% of health care providers surveyed said confusing bills reduce health care efficiency. Health care providers can use patient-engagement technology to communicate with patients about costs, bills and financial...

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FTC's $5 Billion Penalty for Facebook Security Lapses Includes New Health Privacy Restrictions

  • September 9, 2019

Facebook will pay a record $5 billion penalty, and submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure that will hold the company accountable for the decisions it makes about its users' privacy, according to a notice posted last week by the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook was accused back in February of misleading users in its Group...

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Healthcare's Number One Financial Issue is Cybersecurity

  • September 9, 2019

The cost of a healthcare breach is about $408 per patient record and that doesn't include the loss of business, productivity, and reputation.

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Allscripts Agrees to $145 Million HIPAA, Kickback Settlement

  • September 9, 2019

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions on Thursday announced it had reached a tentative settlement with the Justice Department to resolve investigations of a company the electronic health records vendor acquired last year.

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Humana CEO Broussard Urges Congress to Roll Back ACA's Maligned Health Insurance Tax

  • September 9, 2019

Bruce Broussard, Humana CEO, urged Congress to repeal HIF, which is maligned by the insurance industry, on the company's second-quarter earnings call. Eliminating the unpopular tax enjoys bipartisan support, Broussard said. Additionally, Humana is projecting that an additional 480,000 to 500,000 people will enroll in its Medicare Advantage plans...

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CDC: Too Little Naloxone Being Dispensed - One Drug Dispensed for Every 69 High-dose Opioid Prescriptions

  • September 9, 2019

Even though prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone soared 106% in one year, the drug still isn't being dispensed often enough, a CDC analysis concluded. Only one naloxone prescription was dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions in 2018, reported Gery Guy, Jr., PhD, of the agency's National Center for Injury Prevention...

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CA Surprise Medical Bill Law Lowers Hospital Reimbursement Rates

  • September 9, 2019

A case study shows a California law that sets out-of-network rates for surprise medical bills shifted bargaining power to payers and may have led to provider consolidation. Policymakers have recently prioritized addressing surprise medical bills, or large, unexpected physician bills for out-of-network care received at hospitals that are within...

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CDC: Too Little Naloxone Being Dispensed - One Drug Dispensed for Every 69 High-dose Opioid Prescriptions

  • September 9, 2019

Even though prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone soared 106% in one year, the drug still isn't being dispensed often enough, a CDC analysis concluded. Only one naloxone prescription was dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions in 2018, reported Gery Guy, Jr., PhD, of the agency's National Center for Injury Prevention...

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