American Medical Association

CMS won't deny claims for first year of ICD-10 transition

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will work with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10, including a 12-month grace period when claims won't be denied for unintentional code errors.

Fuzzy math in RAC audits

Fuzzy math in RAC audits

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If you are like me and have children who are required to contribute to science fairs, then you understand that the method in a science project is as important as the topic .It is difficult to explain to my children this importance when they hear me talk about my industry and agencies that "audit," and how these agencies freely manipulate or ignore data to derive results they want versus results that are real.

AMA to submit information to federal regulators regarding end-of-life care planning

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The American Medical Association is expected to release recommendations soon for what physicians should be reimbursed for end-of-life medical consultations. The physicians group issues advisements regularly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which typically adopts them for its programs, the Pew Charitable Trust noted on Monday.

 Long-term care providers, physicians at loggerheads over pace of doctor payment reform

Long-term care providers, physicians at loggerheads over pace of doctor payment reform

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Long-term care and physician groups may be headed for an impasse when it comes to fixing Medicare's system for paying doctors.

Docs, hospitals protest two-midnight rule

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A new policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays should be delayed, and stakeholders should collaborate on a better way to achieve that goal, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

Physician and hospital groups call for delay of 'two-midnight rule'

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A policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays is not workable, and stakeholders should collaborate on more comprehensive solutions to the observation stay situation, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

Medicare should cover SNF stays without prior hospitalization, American Medical Association asserts

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The American Medical Association will work to change the 72-hour hospitalization requirement for Medicare Part A coverage of skilled nursing care. Delegates approved this resolution at the AMA annual conference in Chicago on Monday.

Healthcare leaders press Congress for Medicare reimbursement reform

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Provider groups are pushing Congress to replace the formula Medicare uses to reimburse physicians and eliminate other regulatory burdens.

House subcommittee expected to repeal the Affordable Care Act's Medicare payment board

House subcommittee expected to repeal the Affordable Care Act's Medicare payment board

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The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act's controversial Medicare payment board.

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

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President Obama has signed legislation that delays a pay cut for doctors treating Medicare patients. That comes as good news for physicians, but not so much for nursing facilities.

SGR fix?! Don't get me started!

SGR fix?! Don't get me started!

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So here's a Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) 101 primer so you will understand why I am so upset.

Healthcare group drops lawsuit in 'red flags' case

The American Medical Association on Monday announced that it will drop its lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission over "red flags" rules for healthcare providers.