Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) introduced bill H.R. 2652, the third bill related to ICD-10 submitted to the House of Representatives in the past five weeks. Rather than delay the ICD-10 transition beyond October 2015, H.R. 2652 would instead create a two-year grace period. For those two years, both ICD-9 and ICD-10 claims would be accepted, and CMS would not reject claims due to ICD-10 coding errors. Source
• Walgreens is teaming up with UnitedHealth Group and Blue Cross-Blue Shield to make non-emergency telemedicine services available to about 40 million more people by next year. Source
• Outgoing AMA president Robert Wah, MD, speaks his mind about the Meaningful Use program and ICD-10 implementation, saying “the Meaningful Use requirements for electronic records are a heavy burden and a prison for innovation,” and “We believe ICD-10 will further disrupt physician practices when we’re already facing headaches like Meaningful Use.” Source
On The Front Lines:
For the third week running, Apple lost a percentage of the total market share among pMD's physician charge capture users, dipping down an additional 0.02 percent. iPad users can look forward to multitasking with the release of iOS 9, which will introduce Split View for the iPad Air 2. Users can interact with two applications at once, and they can also watch video while browsing other apps using the new picture-in-picture feature.
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.