A Tennessee Man, Danny Pigg, is aiding his community through collection and distribution of much needed medical equipment for those who can't afford it on their own. "Maybe they need a wheelchair for their family member," says Pigg. "Or a bedside commode, or a hospital bed, or anything of that nature. We're there to help them with that." [ Read the story here ] WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL
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Jimmy Carter has announced that his latest scans are coming up cancer free. During the ex-president's fight with cancer, he has continued his active lifestyle, with work at his charity The Carter Center, as well as aiding Habitat for Humanity. "Carter has said he experienced no side effects during treatment, a positive sign for his doctors, said Dr. Keith Flaherty, a melanoma specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital's Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies who is not involved in Carter's treatment..." [ Read the story here ]
As the medical billing "apocalypse" seems to be blowing over as reports of the new ICD-10 system point to an easy transition. "Health care providers were concerned that they might choose the wrong codes and might not get paid by insurance companies — at least not promptly — as a result. But after more than a month, the new system is working “surprisingly well,” according to Barbie Hays, coding and compliance strategist for the Leawood-based American Academy of Family Physicians..." [ Read the story here ]
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With The United States just having adopted the International Classification of Diseases Revision 10 (ICD-10), the World Health Organization is now reporting its stepping up its work on ICD-11. "With so much of the American healthcare industry having just gone through a very long and complex transition just to get to ICD-10, the concept of a new set of codes is sure to elicit some groans. But the good news is the next iteration won't be coming for awhile, and the change should be significantly less complex..." [ Read the story here ] The WHO suggests ICD-11 should be ready by 2018.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a report on the effect of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare premiums. "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new report today showing that consumers have received more than $2.4 billion premium rebates since 2011 because the Affordable Care Act requires that health insurance companies spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care. For 2014 alone, over 5.5 million consumers received nearly $470 million in rebates, for an average of $129 per family. Those rebates are in addition to improvements in quality and affordability savings consumers have received as the share of insurance companies in compliance with the requirements [...]
Services for Independent Living (SIL) is helping those in need of medical equipment by reusing and loaning out much needed life saving devices. "Customers can use the equipment for a few weeks or longer. Merry said he gave out 186 loans, which range in duration. The 552 recycled items resulted in $288,522 saved by consumers...." [ Read the story here ]
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced its 2016 medicare part a and part b premiums and deductibles, noting there will be no increase for some. "As the Social Security Administration previously announced, there will no Social Security cost of living increase for 2016. As a result, by law, most people with Medicare Part B will be “held harmless” from any increase in premiums in 2016 and will pay the same monthly premium as last year..." [ Read the story here ]