Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Federal Communications Commission embraced net neutrality rules on Thursday. The vote will ensure that health technology and telehealth companies won't face higher costs for Internet fast lanes. These new regulations will prove critical for the growing digital health sector that relies on moving large quantities of data quickly. Source
• CMS announced results of its week-long ICD-10 end-to-end testing period on Wednesday, stating that it accepted 81% of claims that were submitted. The testing period included 661 billing companies, clearinghouses, providers, and suppliers, who submitted approximately 15,000 claims in total. The testing periods are designed for providers to determine whether ICD-10 codes submitted to Medicare will be accepted under the new program. Source
• A survey released this week found that few physicians practices are, in fact, on track with their ICD-10 implementation. Navicure, a health care billing and payment vendor, conducted the survey, which showed only 21 percent of physician practices feel they are on track with preparation efforts. The majority of respondents stated they paused their ICD-10 preparation efforts when the last delay was announced last October. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple gained 0.06 percent of market share in the mobile battle against Android this week, increasing their win streak to three weeks in a row. Apple is also gaining attention worldwide as Swedish telecom manufacturer, Ericsson, is now suing Apple for reportedly infringing on 41 percent of its patents that are used in iPhone and iPads. Apple stated that Ericsson "seeks to exploit its patents to take the value of these cutting-edge Apple innovations."
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's charge capture physician users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.