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The Sentinel: March 2021

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MIPS Penalty Exemption Applied to All Clinicians

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On February 25, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) declared that a hardship exception would retroactively apply to all eligible clinicians for the 2020 performance year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The announcement, which came just weeks after the deadline for the exemption ...

Little Things Make Big Things Happen

Closed Claim Review  |  J. Baugh, JD, CPA

“It’s the little details that are vital.  Little things make big things happen.” - John Wooden “In the successful organization, no detail is too small to escape close attention.” - Lou Holtz These quotes are from two men who had very successful careers.  John Wooden w...

Risk Matters: Informed Consent

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Informed consent is often the most important discussion that physicians will have with their patients, but unfortunately, it is sometimes viewed as merely obtaining a signature on a pre-printed form.  While lack of informed consent is rarely the central issue in a malpractice lawsuit, it is almost always...

Microsoft Vulnerability Highlights Steps We All Need to Take

Cybersecurity  |  Brian Johnson

A recently discovered vulnerability[1] in Microsoft’s popular Exchange email server puts companies using this application at extreme risk.  Security researchers have dubbed this event Hafnium, named after the Chinese-based espionage group first seen attacking servers.  Once compromised, multip...

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