Month: June 2012

Maternal Fetal Medicine News Updates: Mobile Devices; High-Risk Pregnant Smokers

June 29, 2012   The American Medical Association published a June 14 article about the booming expansion of mobile medical devices. The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it will allow wireless monitoring devices to transmit data on spectrum bands that were previously limited to use by the aerospace industry. Medical Body Area Networks (MBANs) that …

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Affordable Care Act Stands: Implications for Providers and Medical Billing Companies

Yesterday morning the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act will stand. Now that the fate of Healthcare Reform has become more defined, we can take a look at the practical implications for healthcare providers and medical billing services. IN the NPR article “Health Care Law Upheld: Now What?”  the following key provisions are …

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Maryland’s Bryan Sivak Becomes New DHHS Chief Technology Officer

June 29, 2012   On June 14th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the appointment of Bryan Sivak as the Department’s new Chief Technology Officer, Health Data Management reports. Sivak previously served as the Maryland chief innovation officer, where he worked to develop the state’s electronic health record (EHR) platforms. Additionally, Sivak …

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BCBS Billing Update for Maryland and Washington D.C.

June 22, 2012 To reflect recent national guideline changes, Carefirst (the BlueCross and BlueShield plan of Maryland and Washington, D.C.) has updated its own preventive service guidelines. According to the guidelines published in April 2012, Carefirst has made changes in the following areas: Recommended Service Guidelines for Children Cholesterol Screenings Testicular Cancer Screenings Counseling/Education/Screenings for …

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National Healthcare Decision to Shape History: Supreme Court’s Pending Ruling

June 18, 2012 The nation’s healthcare providers, medical billing companies, insurance agencies, business owners, and health consumers all eagerly await the approaching decision from the nation’s highest court regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court is expected to issues its decision later this month (June 2012) regarding the fate of …

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The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine’s Coding Committee Issues New White Paper

June 1, 2012 On May 19, 2012, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) issued a new white paper on how to correctly bill for services rendered by nurse practitioners. The white paper discusses options for direct billing, incident-to billing, and shared/split billing. To access the article, members can log into the SMFM website. For …

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