Delay in part of Stark Phase III
— with respect to an academic medical center as described in §411.355(e)(2), compensation arrangements between a faculty practice plan and another component of the same academic medical center; and
— with respect to an integrated section 501(c)(3) health care system (as described in today’s final rule), compensation arrangements between an affiliated DHS entity and an affiliated physician practice in the same integrated section 501(c)(3) health care system.
The final rule is available at: (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PhysicianSelfReferral/04a_regphase3.asp).
Flu Shot Reminder
Flu Season is upon us! Take advantage of each office visit as an opportunity to talk with your patients about the flu virus and their risks for complications associated with the flu. Encourage them to get their flu shot. Medicare provides coverage of the flu vaccine without any out-of-pocket costs to the Medicare patient. No deductible or copayment/coinsurance applies. Note that influenza vaccine is NOT a Part D covered drug.
And don’t forget to protect you and your staff.
For information about Medicare’s coverage of flu vaccine and its administration as well as related educational resources for health care professions, please go to http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNProducts/Downloads/flu_products.pdf on the
Learn to type
When Camden, NJ familty practitioner Jeffrey Brenner, MD opened his practice, he started using an EHR system from the beginning. His advice?
“The thing that separates the wheat from the chaff is the ability for a health care provider to type,” says solo practioner Dr. Jeffrey Brenner. Getting all the documentation and notes completed while in the exam room with the patient is essential, he argues. If the doctor has to go back and enter information, even through dictation, it will take too long and the benefits of the EHR will go unnoticed, he contends.
These and more thoughts are from an article on the Health Data Management website (scroll down to the article).