Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• Hospital officials say Anthem Blue Cross, the country's second-biggest health insurance company, is behind on billions of dollars in payments owed to hospitals and doctors. Disputes between insurers and hospitals are nothing new, but this fight sticks more patients in the middle, worried they'll have to pay unresolved claims. Read More
• In the latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, CMS proposed for the first time a set of CPT codes for remote therapeutic monitoring. The inclusion of these codes suggests that transformations in digital health policy initiated in response to COVID-19 are beginning to have some permanence. Read More
• The difference between clean claims and initial claims denials is a major key performance indicator (KPI) that hospitals track, and according to a new survey, nearly 80 percent of hospitals are measuring the difference in the rates. But this KPI may not be the best indicator of revenue cycle health according to the survey authors. Read More
• As COVID-19 continues to overwhelm providers across the country, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting smaller facilities with sophisticated healthcare ransomware attacks that cause EHR downtime and care disruptions. A recent study showed that hackers are turning to outpatient clinics, smaller hospitals, and business associates to target their attacks at unassuming victims. Read More
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