Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• CMS proposed a modification to the controversial "two-midnight" rule, which governs short hospital stays for patients. The agency said it plans to allow physicians to exercise judgement to admit patients for short hospital stays on a case-by-case basis, and would remove oversight of those decisions from Medicare audit contractors. Providers and policy experts have pushed to abandon the policy altogether on the basis that it undermines clinical decision-making. Source
• The American Medical Association (AMA) is pushing to implement a grace period during which claims cannot be denied due to inaccurate or unspecific ICD-10 codes. However, the Senate Appropriations Committee has opted not to adopt any amendments aimed at slowing down full implementation of ICD-10 in a session of an appropriations bill this week. Source
• Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week on new vaccination requirements for schoolchildren, ending vaccination exemptions for personal or religious reasons. The new law is in response to a strong movement among some parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against infectious diseases like measles. Under the law, families with a nonmedical reason for declining vaccines will have to home-school their children. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost 0.06 percent of the mobile device pie to Android this week, continuing its downward trend of lost market share among pMD's physician charge capture users. On a lighter note, Apple released Apple Music this week, replacing iTunes for its devices and personal computers.
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.