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A recent survey shows that providers are having serious trouble getting timely payments from patients — and while high-deductible plans are, as usual, a suspected culprit, experts suggest that a more high-touch, high-tech approach from providers could help take up some of the slack.

Recent measles outbreaks in the United States are a grim reminder that infection control is a matter of practice policy and should be reinforced at intervals to keep it effective.

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society. The organization estimates that in 2019 more than 174,000 Americans will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 30,000 will die from it.
Question: Regarding the recent updates from CMS, do we need to document “opioid review” in the wellness visit note if the patient has not recently been on opioids? We have a general “drug use” question on our wellness forms but nothing specific to opioids. Secondly, if the patient is on opioids prescribed by another provider, do we need to document opioid review? When our providers prescribe opioids, we always document review, alternative treatment, failed treatment, etc., so that is not a concern.
It’s a common joke that medical offices are all that’s keeping the fax machine industry alive. But clinging to that particular outmoded telecommunications tool is not the only way the medical practice business is behind the curve electronically. InstaMed’s 2018 Trends in Healthcare Payments report, which surveyed providers, payers and patients, suggests that patients want to pay their physician practice bills online but some may not be doing so because the practices aren’t pushing it.


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