Speaking from my own experiences, I dislike going to the doctor's office just as much as any other guy. I would have to be coughing up purple stuff and bed ridden for days before the thought even crossed my mind. But once I do have to go to the doctor's office, there is nothing I hate more than trying to find the actual office. Too often physicians are not listing their practices in "local" search engine, or they have moved their practice had have not updated their new address. We are in the digital age, and finding information should be easy; here are three tips to help physicians improve their web presence:
Local SEO Search Engines: This is probably the easiest, most effective way to allow your patients, or potential patients find your practice. All the big search engines, such as: Google, Bing, Yahoo, and even Facebook, all have a
The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs are effective today! Please see the CMS website (http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/15_Eligibility.asp#TopOfPage) to see if you meet the eligibility requirements by law to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
If you do meet the requirements, registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs started today, January 3, 2011. Please visit the CMS website (https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action) to register.
If you have any questions or concerns if your practice is eligiable for incentives or need help registering, please call Advanced Billing Consultants, Inc, your all in one medical billing service, at 888-222-2125 and we will assist you.
The Senate yesterday approved, by unanimous consent, legislation necessary to prevent the scheduled 25% SGR related cut from occurring on January 1, 2011. The legislation would impose a one-year freeze on the Medicare conversion factor for 2011, effectively extending the 2010 conversion factor through all the 2011.
It should be noted that the Senate proposal extends numerous other expiring Medicare policies and does not deal exclusively with the SGR problem. In addition, the legislation provides funding for the payment of claims that had to be reprocessed as a result of the retroactive SGR fix adopted earlier this year. Some other issues included in the Senate approved legislation are:
On September 17, 2010, we issued an FAQ that explained that our intent to include in the denominator visits to the emergency department (ED) of sufficient duration and complexity that all of the Meaningful Use objectives for which the ED is included would be relevant. Therefore we explained that eligible hospitals and CAHs should count in the denominator patients admitted to the inpatient part of the hospital through the ED, as well as patients who initially present to the ED and who are treated in the ED’s observation unit or who otherwise receive observation services.
Last evening (11/18) the Senate, by unanimous consent, approved a one-month extension of the current payment levels for Medicare Part B. This would avoid the 23% SGR related cut that is scheduled to go into effect on December 1. This temporary extension would postpone the SGR cut until January 1, 2011 unless Congress enacts another "fix" between December1, 2010 and January 1, 2011.
The House has already adjourned until after the Thanksgiving Holiday.