Advanced Practice Providers

Created on July 17, 2013, 10:07 by Natasha Clinton

Would anyone be willing to share ideas about their current APP practice model? How do you utilize the APPs in your practice? Do the APPs participate in the call rotation? Do they participate in evening/weekend coverage?

From GSK....

Created on April 02, 2013, 03:04 by Bo Gamble

\\\\\\"GSK is looking for external candidates with Oncology experience to fill full-time regular Oncology roles posted on www.gsk.com/careers.\\\\\\"

Sequestration Adjustment

Created on March 28, 2013, 11:03 by Tracy Lewis

Is anyone setting up a separate adjustment code in their practice management system to track the sequestration adjustment portion?

797 Noise Issue

Created on February 01, 2013, 10:02 by Bo Gamble

Diane Gerards from Quincy Medical Group is asking if others are having noise issues from meeting 797 compliance. And if so, what was done to remedy this problem?

States struggling for tax revenue & tax exemption for prescriptions

Created on January 31, 2013, 12:01 by Bo Gamble

This is being carefully watched by Dave Dillahunt and Ohio practices. This may become an agenda item in other states. As we move into 2013, one of the major issues we will be facing on the state level is potential major changes to Ohioâ??s tax code. The following article gives an overview of the issue (http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/01/kasichs_new_state_budget_on_th.html). In brief, the Governor is looking to reducing income taxes and taxes on small businesses. To pay for that loss in state revenue, one option being discussed is removing tax exemptions currently in law, essentially broadening the tax base. Since we have two tax exemptions in state law (sales tax exemption for prescription drugs we were able to achieve in 2002 and exemption from Commercial Activity Tax for chemotherapy drugs we were able to achieve in 2005) we MUST be prepared to state our case for the continued access to these exemptions.

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October 7, 2013: Bundled payments feasibility tested

Created on: Monday, October 07, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

After almost a year of preparation, 450 healthcare organizations begin taking part in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative this month. The goal is to evaluate if paying for care by episodes really can improve quality and reduce Medicare's costs.

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October 7, 2013: Finding Their Way To Medical Home

Created on: Monday, October 07, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Many healthcare providers and payers are moving forward with patient-centered medical homes to improve primary care and care coordination and reduce costs, despite mixed research evidence of the cost-effectiveness of this major delivery system reform.

(Read More)

September 24, 2013: HHS updates notice of privacy practices, delays HITECH compliance

Created on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT debuted new formats for Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) that providers can use to comply with the HIPAA mega rule starting Sept. 23.

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September 24, 2013: Most federally run exchanges will offer more plans, lower premiums than expected, HHS report show

Created on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

An eagerly awaited report by HHS released Wednesday on health plan premiums and participation in the 36 states where the federal government is fully or partly running the new insurance exchanges shows that consumers in most of those states will have many plans to choose from and that premiums will be significantly lower than expected in 2014.

(Read More)

September 18, 2013: Do's and Don't's for a Happy Practice

Created on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

It's been a few years now since I worked in an office with other (fully grown) people, so when I read a recent Medscape article about dysfunctional medical practices, my initial reaction was to be grateful that I don't need to worry about office drama, and that nobody else here is tall enough to put fish in the microwave.

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September 11, 2013: Cancer care crisis needs solutions

Created on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Changes to care delivery and payment models need to happen in order to improve a cancer care delivery system that is in crisis, found a new Institute of Medicine report.

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September 11, 2013: CMS plans to replace ZPICs, MACs with umbrella agency

Created on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Provider dealings with zone program integrity contractors (ZPICs) and Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) may be limited if CMS’ proposal comes to fruition.

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September 3, 2013: No more physician-owned MRIs, therapy, or anatomic pathology services under House bill

Created on: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Expect the decades-old debate about the dangers/benefits of physicians operating their own ancillary services to heat up again this year.

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August 22, 2013:

Created on: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

The Government Accountability Office has found that private contractors who identify fraudulent Medicare payments may be imposing an undue administrative burden on medical providers.Right now, four different kinds of contractors examine medical records and other documentation from providers to determine whether the claims meet Medicare requirements. But each type of contractor uses a different review process, which can be confusing for providers and possibly harm the efficiency and effectiveness of the reviews, the GAO found.
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August 14, 2013: Seven NE Ohio doctors charged with illegally importing unapproved cancer drugs to U.S.

Created on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Federal charges were filed today against seven Northeast Ohio doctors accused of importing cancer medications that had not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration.

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September 26, 2013: See Nifty New Patient Insurance Checklist

Created on: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

See a great patient checklist here...

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Attachments

Cancer Insurance Checklist (PDF FILE)

April 11, 2013: You Need To End the Sequester Right Now! Help Us Out!

Created on: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Thanks for your hard work to date on fighting the sequestration cut to cancer care. Your collective efforts have been instrumental in helping generate much media attention and advocating Congress to act...

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Attachments

House Health LAs (PDF FILE)

Contact Your Health Legislative Aides!!!

Created on: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Find out who your Senate and House Legislative Aides are right here...

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November 29, 2012: Cancer research bill adopted as defense bill amendment

Created on: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Author: Bobbi Admin

A bipartisan cancer research measure was adopted as an amendment to the Senate defense bill, paving the way for its passage after nearly six years of work

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September 7, 2012: How to Fix Cancer Drug Shortages

Created on: Friday, September 07, 2012
Author: Bobbi Admin

COA Past President Patrick Cobb and COA Executive Director Ted Okon have been on Capitol Hill with Dr. Mark Thompson talking about how to fix the drug shortages. In this article they talk about specific solutions to the crisis.

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September 6, 2012: COA Board Member Dr. Rick Frame Fights for a Fix to the Cancer Drug Shortages

Created on: Friday, September 07, 2012
Author: Bobbi Admin

Cancer drug shortages are adversely impacting patient care. Dr. Frame comments on his experience and calls on Congress to fix the crisis.

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September 6, 2012: Oncology Medical Home Could Improve Care, Cut Cost

Created on: Friday, September 07, 2012
Author: Bobbi Admin

COA President David Eagle, MD discusses the future of community oncology at recent conference.

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July 13, 2011: CALL TO ACTION Part B Drugs and Budget Cuts

Created on: Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Author: COA Administrators Network

As part of the proposed debt ceiling cuts to Medicare and Medicaid is a $3 billion ratcheting down of Medicare drug reimbursement from ASP + 6% to ASP + 4%. This would have obvious devastating consequences to community oncology practices and their patients, already facing a growing list of ca...

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May 9, 2011: Wednesday is "Dial for Dollars" Day in Community Oncology

Created on: Monday, May 09, 2011
Author: COA Administrators Network

Synchronize those watches, pack those lunches and work on your dialing exercises. On Wednesday May 11, 2011, at: 12 noon Eastern Time 11:00 a.m. Central Time ...

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April 7, 2011: Hospital Deals With MDs for Ancillaries Are Risky; Fair-Market Value Is Paramount

Created on: Thursday, April 07, 2011
Author: COA Administrators Network

When hospitals do business deals that are perceived as a cover for buying physician referrals or stifling competition, they may find themselves in an epic battle with whistleblowers, empowered by the False Claims Act and often partnered with the Department of Justice

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October 7, 2013: Bundled payments feasibility tested

Created on: Monday, October 07, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

After almost a year of preparation, 450 healthcare organizations begin taking part in Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative this month. The goal is to evaluate if paying for care by episodes really can improve quality and reduce Medicare's costs.

(Read More)

October 7, 2013: Finding Their Way To Medical Home

Created on: Monday, October 07, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Many healthcare providers and payers are moving forward with patient-centered medical homes to improve primary care and care coordination and reduce costs, despite mixed research evidence of the cost-effectiveness of this major delivery system reform.

(Read More)

September 26, 2013: See Nifty New Patient Insurance Checklist

Created on: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

See a great patient checklist here...

(Read More)

Attachments

Cancer Insurance Checklist (PDF FILE)

September 24, 2013: HHS updates notice of privacy practices, delays HITECH compliance

Created on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT debuted new formats for Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) that providers can use to comply with the HIPAA mega rule starting Sept. 23.

(Read More)

September 24, 2013: Most federally run exchanges will offer more plans, lower premiums than expected, HHS report show

Created on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

An eagerly awaited report by HHS released Wednesday on health plan premiums and participation in the 36 states where the federal government is fully or partly running the new insurance exchanges shows that consumers in most of those states will have many plans to choose from and that premiums will be significantly lower than expected in 2014.

(Read More)

September 18, 2013: Do's and Don't's for a Happy Practice

Created on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

It's been a few years now since I worked in an office with other (fully grown) people, so when I read a recent Medscape article about dysfunctional medical practices, my initial reaction was to be grateful that I don't need to worry about office drama, and that nobody else here is tall enough to put fish in the microwave.

(Read More)

September 11, 2013: Cancer care crisis needs solutions

Created on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Changes to care delivery and payment models need to happen in order to improve a cancer care delivery system that is in crisis, found a new Institute of Medicine report.

(Read More)

September 11, 2013: CMS plans to replace ZPICs, MACs with umbrella agency

Created on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Provider dealings with zone program integrity contractors (ZPICs) and Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) may be limited if CMS’ proposal comes to fruition.

(Read More)

September 3, 2013: No more physician-owned MRIs, therapy, or anatomic pathology services under House bill

Created on: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

Expect the decades-old debate about the dangers/benefits of physicians operating their own ancillary services to heat up again this year.

(Read More)

August 22, 2013:

Created on: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Author: Bobbi Admin

The Government Accountability Office has found that private contractors who identify fraudulent Medicare payments may be imposing an undue administrative burden on medical providers.Right now, four different kinds of contractors examine medical records and other documentation from providers to determine whether the claims meet Medicare requirements. But each type of contractor uses a different review process, which can be confusing for providers and possibly harm the efficiency and effectiveness of the reviews, the GAO found.
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(Read More)


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