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The Sentinel: January 2021

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Law Changes Improve 2021 Reimbursements

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On December 27, President Trump signed the fourth major COVID-19 emergency funding bills into law, providing approximately $900 billion in funding. The bipartisan agreement offers several key provisions critical to medical practices in 2021. Here is a summary of the law’s impact on medical practice reim...

Informed Refusal

Closed Claim Review  |  Matthew Bauer, JD

While physicians are familiar with the concept of informed consent, they may not be familiar with the concept of informed refusal.  Informed refusal is the flip side of informed consent and recognizes that competent patients have the right to refuse recommended treatment after receiving sufficient inform...

Risk Matters: Telemedicine

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

When practicing telemedicine, keep in mind that the medical services are being rendered at the patient’s location.  Therefore, the provider must:  be licensed in the state where the patient is located; be familiar with the standard of care in the patient’s location and comply with th...

February 1 Deadline for QPP Hardship

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The Quality Payment Program imposes a 9% reduction to Medicare payments across the board for physicians who do not participate in the federal government’s initiative. There’s one easy method to avoid the penalty in 2022, if you did not keep track of your 2020 data – or your efforts weren&rsq...

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