MACRA Final Rule should ease providers’ fears for now

At long last, the Medicare CHIP and Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Final Rule has been released upon us, and lo and behold, the sky has not fallen. Our initial analysis shows that all the hand-wringing and apocalyptic proclamations were a bit overstated given that we now know providers who are currently engaged in some form of quality reporting will be able to easily avoid penalties to their Medicare reimbursements for the foreseeable future without being burdened with new reporting requirements.

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Collection agency’s blunder leaves $565K in limbo

A Midwestern pathology group we assist was recently being pushed by its third-party collection agency to pursue legal action for a number of unpaid accounts. Because of this, we began receiving reports from the agency that were supposed to show the accounts they received each month from the group’s biller. However, as soon as we saw the account volume in the report, we knew something was off.

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Mr. Raich goes to Medicare

Mick Raich recently traveled to the CMS headquarters in Baltimore to gain some insight on bundled payments, how mergers and acquisitions are affecting the future of health care, value versus volume and more. Raich plugged that insight into his crystal ball to provide some predictions for the near future.

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