PRACTICE NEWS
CDC: Prevalence of No Insurance Varies by Occupational Groups
 

The prevalence of being uninsured varies by occupational groups, according to research in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. More than one-quarter of workers in four occupational groups reported having no health insurance in 2014: construction and extraction; farming, fishing, and forestry; food preparation and serving related; and building and grounds cleaning and maintenance (29.1, 34.6, 35.5, and 37.0%, respectively).


Fri, 08 Jun 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Increase in Requirement for Flu Vaccines at Non-VA Hospitals
 

Mandatory influenza vaccination requirements for health care personnel increased from 37.1% in 2013 to 61.4% in 2017, research in JAMA Network Open finds. This change was driven by non-VA hospitals; from 2013 to 2017, requirement policies increased from 44.3 to 69.4%.


Tue, 05 Jun 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Congress Approves Bill Expanding Private Care for VA Patients
 

Patients served by the beleaguered Veterans Affairs health system may have wider access to private care, thanks to a bill approved by the Senate. The new bill would open up access to private doctors for veterans who don’t feel they are getting the care they expect within the VA — with the approval of a VA health care provider.


Wed, 30 May 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
‘Show and Tell' in Medical Billing
 

Two recent Department of Justice settlements, one with a physical therapy practice and another with a laboratory testing company, highlight the importance of basic billing rules: 1. The provider listed on the claim must perform the service; 2. Lab tests performed must be reasonable and necessary according to current guidelines.


Fri, 27 Apr 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Medicare Requiring Hospitals to Post Prices Online
 

U.S. hospitals will have to post their standard prices online and make it easier for patients to access their electronic medical records by 2021. Currently, hospitals must make their prices public, but the new rule requires the information to be posted online in a format that can be easily processed by computers.


Thu, 26 Apr 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE
Medicaid Expansion Cuts Out-of-Pocket Spending
 

States that expanded Medicaid cut the probability of non-elderly near-poor adults being uninsured and lowered average out-of-pocket spending, according to a study in Health Affairs. “Policies that substitute Marketplace for Medicaid eligibility could lower coverage rates and increase out-of-pocket expenses for enrollees,” the authors write.


Fri, 02 Feb 2018 GOVERNMENT AND MEDICINE