Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• This week, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association announced a nine percent increase to their value-based spending, which now totals $71 billion. Value-based care rewards improved patient outcomes and care coordination instead of the traditional fee-for-service model based on the volume of medical services rendered. Source
• On Tuesday, CMS released the results from its second round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing. 88 percent of over 23,000 test claims sent were accepted. Many of the rejected claims did not pass due to other errors, and only two percent were rejected for invalid ICD-10 codes. Source
• The California Senate approved legislation this week that would extend Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) health coverage to low-income, immigrant children regardless of whether they are in the country legally. The bill, which passed to the Assembly on Tuesday, would make California the first state in the U.S. to provide such coverage. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost 0.05 percent of the mobile device pie among pMD’s physician charge capture users this week. Apple is hard at work gearing up for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which starts on Monday. Keep an ear out for conference news about iOS 9, a new subscription music streaming service, and further updates to the Apple Watch!
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 physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.