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On April 24 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) previewed its final rule on noncompete agreements (NCA), which effectively bans the practice for most workers in for-profit businesses, and would have a direct effect on the restrictive covenants that practices often use to prevent departing employed physicians from setting up shop nearby. An expert has thoughts.
The proposed ICD-10 code changes — released with the FY2025 Hospital Inpatient PPS (IPPS) proposed rule on April 10 –  include three new codes to better track the severity of patients with hypoglycemia.
The proposed rule includes 252 new codes, 13 revised code descriptors and 36 codes deemed invalid. If finalized, these changes would take effect Oct. 1.
Check the remittance advice for the services your practice performed on or after March 9. Your payments should reflect the new conversion factor that is based on the recent 2.93% increase to the physician conversion factor and the extension of the work geographic index.
Fallout from the Change Healthcare hack continues. 
In its current edition, Part B News covers what practice personnel should know about handling legal papers such as subpoenas and court orders that come to the practice. One of the trickier questions is when it’s appropriate to give the requester all they ask for – and when it’s not only inappropriate, but forbidden. A legal expert provides granular analysis.


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