Category Archives: Medical Business

Administrative Burdens Cost Both Dollars and Health

Like most of you, I entered into the field of medicine motivated by the desire to help others. Treating and caring for the sick is more than just a profession, it’s a mission and a great responsibility only bestowed to a handful of the population. Which is why it’s such a shame that so much of our time as physicians is spent on paperwork and in front of computers. The administrative burdens we face are actually making patients sicker and

Administrative Burden: A Problem We Can’t Afford to Ignore

I’m often asked to name the biggest obstacle to the modern practice of medicine.  The answer is very simple: administrative burdens. There’s probably not a physician reading this right now who isn’t shaking his or her head in agreement. But this is something I feel that the public, and perhaps more importantly, policy makers, don’t fully understand. Administrative burdens contribute to physician burnout and patient dissatisfaction, increase the cost of care and ultimately impact overall health outcomes. There are many

Reducing Medicare Audit Burden – With Help from KMA

According to Medicare, more than $6.5 billion in claims are now tied up in pending appeals. The backlog, in part can be attributed to wide-spread and often aggressive audits by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). A “missing documentation” error can be as simple as an illegible/missing signature.  For example, earlier this year, CGS – the Medicare contractor for Kentucky – implemented a rule that required all EHRs to be signed and closed by the physician within two days of when the

DEA Changes Registration Renewal Process

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will no longer send its second renewal notification to DEA registrants by mail; an electronic reminder will be sent via email. If a registration expires, registrants will have one calendar month to reapply; after that timeframe, registrants must file for a new DEA registration. Regardless of whether a registration is reinstated within the calendar month after expiration, federal law prohibits the handling of controlled substances or List 1 chemicals for any period

Pay Attention to Medicare Signature Requirements

In a recent compliance officers meeting with Kentucky physicians and hospitals, CGS Medicare Part B Medical Director Dr. Earl Berman said all electronic health records should be signed/closed within two days of when the service was provided. As electronic health records have developed and improved, the focus of electronic signatures was often on systems and software products that must include protections against modification, and other administrative safeguards. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directs physicians to the Program

Three Important Things to Know Right Now

Health care continues to undergo tremendous changes, and keeping up with the rules will be important for physicians and their staffs. Here are three things you need to know about changes in health care and their potential impact on you. Electronic Health Records – Avoid a Meaningful Use Penalty in 2017    Physicians who participated in the 2015 Medicare Meaningful Use (MU) program may still apply for the Medicare hardship exemption. Applying for the hardship will not prevent a physician