Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized a controversial rule that will require providers to return identified Medicare overpayments. Providers will be liable for returning Medicare overpayments going back as far as 6 years. According to the rule, an overpayment is “identified” if the provider or supplier has actual knowledge of the existence of the overpayment or acts in reckless disregard or deliberate ignorance of the overpayment. Source
• CommonWell Health Alliance announced seven new member organizations to its health data exchange: eClinicalWorks, HIMSS, ImageTrend, lifeIMAGE, Mana Health, MediPortal, and Modernizing Medicine. The goal of the memberships is to enhance nationwide health information exchange regardless of health IT vendor, geography, or setting of patient care. Source
• A new study published in the The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education. The study provides the strongest evidence to date that a more educated population and better cardiovascular health are contributing to a decline in new dementia cases over time. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple lost 0.03 percent of the charge capture mobile device pie to Android this week. Reports are circulating that Apple is planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone called the “iPhone 5se” and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th.
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.