July brings changes to the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB).  Changes are effective for dates of service beginning July 1, 2018. PE RVU Imaging Code Changes CPT Code 71045 (radiologic examination, chest, single view, frontal) and CPT Code 71046 (radiologic examination, chest, two views, frontal and lateral) have changes to the Facility and Non-Facility PE RVUs. 71045 will change to 0.42 and 71046 will change to 0.35. Indicator Change for RHC and FQHC Care Management...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has announced a name change for the ACI category under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to the Promoting Interoperability performance category. Don’t panic! This is not a new performance category, just a name change. CMS feels the name change better reflects their increase focus on interoperability to improving patient access to health information. The 2018 requirements for this category are exactly the same as what was finalized in...

A recent ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court allows patients, who have suffered losses or harm from the unauthorized disclosure of their protected health information, the right to bring legal action against providers for unauthorized disclosure of their medical records. In this recent Connecticut case, Emily Byrne vs Avery Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the patient had exercised her rights under HIPAA to restrict the release of her medical information. Despite this...