"Balance Billing' has been a medical billing shock for consumers for years.With a long standing truce over the issue fizzing out, Texas doctors and insurers are taking the fight public. But what is "Balance Billing"? "The phenomenon occurs when a patient is treated at a facility that has agreed to be in the network of his or her insurance plan but is treated by at least one medical professional who has not agreed to be part of the network. Because in-network care is significantly discounted, the gap can leave unsuspecting consumers with thousands of dollars worth of bills, especially in emergencies, when they cannot ask about networks." [ Read the story here ]
The implementation of ICD-10's 140,000 new codes seems to be overwhelming for some. With mistakes in the coding submissions to CMS, it is not a surprise that some patients have been overcharged and sometimes drastically raising medical bills. "This year, the University of Illinois at Chicago overlooked 24,000 clinical ER encounters and found that one-fourth of them were incorrectly coded due to flawed CMS recommendations..." [ Read the story here]
In the government's attempt at transparency, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted its data from Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS). The information comes from 385,000 physicians and healthcare providers and includes utilization, payment, and submitted charges. [ Read the story and view the report here ]
After delays and worries, ICD-10 is finally here! Are you ready to tackle the new codes and procedures? Noble House's - Noble*Direct software can help you navigate your way from ICD-9 to ICD-10, try our free demo today!
Able to detect almost any virus, current or past in a person or animal has been developed at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. With tests currently being run, the new ViroCap test is said to be %52 more effecting in detecting viruses than the previously used standard testing. "Common, everyday viruses not detected by the standard test included influenza B, a cause of seasonal flu, parechovirus, a mild gastrointestinal and respiratory virus, herpes virus-1, responsible for cold sores in the mouth, and varicella-zoster virus, which causes chickenpox..." [ Read the story here ]
With the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 occurring tomorrow, we prepare for major changes to the industry, and look at the impacts that will be felt to both patients and physicians. "ICD-10 is a massively more complex system with much greater diagnostic detail, including laterality (left vs. right). The number of diagnostic codes in ICD-9 jumps from about 14,600 to almost 70,000 in ICD-10..." [ Read the story here ] Do you need help navigating the massive changes? Noble House can make medical billing a breeze, try our free demo of Noble*Direct today.
With healthcare costs in a constant climb, how can you protect yourself with deductibles rising 255% over the past decade? Does you business need a simple, yet holistic approach to medical billing? Download your free copy of Noble House's Noble*Direct Medical Billing Software.
The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a new report pointing at two major regions of the United States that have spiraled out of control in the adult obesity rates. The midwest and southern regions of America contain 23 of the 25 top states for adult obesity rates. The numbers have grown dramatically over the past couple decades, now showing all states with obesity rates over 20%, where-as in 1990, not one state had an obesity rate of over 15%. [ Read the story here ]
The October update for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) from the Medicare Learning Network (MLN). Payment policy updates for HCPCS spacer placement. For the easiest and most holistic medical billing software, let Noble*Direct make your business operations run smoother. [ Read more from MLN ]
Documentation Imaging with Noble House makes storing and retrieving physical files and folders a thing of the past. Our imaging services can document, save, and index all of your documents in a digital library, allowing you to easily manage and save time with your documents. The introduction of Noble*Trax to our Noble*Direct software can be yours to try today, download our free demo of Noble*Direct software today.