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MiraMed’s eAlerts are distributed via email every Wednesday, and contains the latest industry information regarding business process outsourcing solutions, helpful coding news, or any number of relevant topics in the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of healthcare. To subscribe, simply complete the form below. Below the subscription form, you will find the archived eAlerts available.

August 8, 2018

Despite the fact that most health insurance companies now provide a price transparency tool for beneficiaries, only a tiny minority of patients choose to shop for healthcare services or review provider prices before accessing services, a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research has found.

Read more: Few Patients Use Price Comparison Tools: NBER Study

August 1, 2018

Expansion of the site-neutral payment policy for outpatient services, additional cuts to the 340B drug discount program and separate payments for non-opioid pain medications in ambulatory surgery center (ASC) settings are among the highlights of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule for 2019.

Read more: CMS 2019 Proposed OPPS Rule Calls for Site-Neutrality Expansion, More 340B Cuts

July 25, 2018

When it comes to reducing the risk of opioid abuse and the over-prescribing of opioid medications, medical practices should think in terms of communication, technology and referral management, a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) advises.

Read more: Six Principles for Opioid Prescribing: MGMA Report

July 18, 2018

Updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP), significant revisions regarding documentation and payment for Evaluation & Management (E&M) services, a slight increase in the conversion factor from $35.99 to $36.05, and numerous proposals to streamline reporting and other requirements for eligible clinicians (ECs) are among the highlights of the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2019.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requests comments on the proposed rule before September 10, 2018.

Read more: CMS Proposes Payment, Reporting Changes for 2019

July 11, 2018

Among emerging technologies, blockchain technology probably ranks somewhere near artificial intelligence and machine learning in the level of discussion being generated about its potential to revolutionize health information technology and the sector itself.  An IBM survey reported that 16 percent of 200 surveyed healthcare executives had plans to implement a blockchain solution in 2017 and that 56 percent expected to by 2020.  This eAlert offers a brief look at what has been described as possibly the most significant IT disruptor since the internet, as well as a glimpse of some of its potential uses in healthcare and medicine.

Read more: Blockchain Technology in Healthcare: Disruptor or Fad?

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