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Patient abandonment is a real ethical and, sometimes, legal issue. Generally you have a right to refuse service if your reasons are sound. But you should follow guidelines and be extra attentive to any special care claim the patient may have on you.
When it comes to ‘firing’ patients, dangerous and uncooperative patients are in most cases an easy call. But what about patients who through no fault of their own may be difficult for a practice to handle? Patricia A. Markus, a partner with the Nelson Mullins law firm in Raleigh, N.C., shares her expertise on such cases.
CMS will allow providers to determine the substantive portion of a split/shared visit based on performance of a key element for another year. The delay may temporarily calm fears that time-based substantive portion calculations will equal serious cuts to physician pay and practice revenue.
Part B News welcomes compliance expert Rebecca Herold to answer a series of questions pertaining to critical HIPAA compliance areas, such as risk analysis and risk assessment. 
The latest CMS Medicare Enrollment Dashboard figures show Medicare Advantage (MA) about to overtake traditional Medicare in membership – and at least one major health care analyst group thinks it already has.


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