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The Deposition - Why, When, and How?

Risk Topics  |  Wendy Longmire, JD

Many physicians have had the unfortunate experience of giving a deposition. Many physicians wonder if they have a choice to participate when it comes to a deposition. Whether you are a treating physician, a subsequent treating physician, a defendant in a lawsuit, or an expert hired for the case, you may be re...

Throwing Stones

Closed Claim Review  |  Tim Behan, JD

Words matter. Words may matter even more in the medical profession. Health care providers work in glass houses. What is said, how it is said, and most importantly, how it is interpreted by the listener, can lead to serious and time-consuming consequences. You may think your words are benign or comforting, but...

Is a Medicare Appeal Worthwhile?

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

If you are dissatisfied with a denial of payment by your Medicare contractor, you can appeal the decision. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced attempts to streamline the process by no longer requiring signatures, thus enabling documents to be submitted in a more efficient...

MIPS Audits Begin

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

In June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the commencement of audits for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The contract was awarded to Guidehouse, formerly known as the US Public Sector of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Guidehouse is transmitting notifications of audits...

MIPS Scores Are In

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

If you participated in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018, you can now view your results. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the performance feedback, final scores, and payment adjustments for 2018 MIPS program participants. CMS reports that 98% of practices w...

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