CNO Financial Group recently reported a data breach which compromised the protected health information of 566,271 individuals to HHS’ Office of Civil Rights. The breach occurred in the company’s Bankers Life and Casualty Co. division in Chicago.
Case managers working with very ill patients already know that many people will struggle financially with their health problems, and a recent survey found that among people struggling with serious illnesses, 53% believed they were at risk of financial ruin as a result.
Q: A nurse practitioner told a patient to return after an office visit if his chest pain worsened, and the provider ordered a nuclear stress test to take place the next day. Can my provider count the plan for the stress test in the medical decision-making for the previous encounter?
This week’s Medicare updates include new provider-specific fact sheets on MIPS measures and activities, an OIG review of compliance with Medicare reimbursement requirements for graduate medical education, and an update on ICD-10 and other coding revisions for national coverage determinations.
Although most eligible clinicians who participated in the first reporting year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System received a positive payment adjustment, even the highest performing clinicians saw only a modest bonus.
Hispanic Americans make up nearly 18% of the total population, and a recent survey report from CMS finds that the diversity of ancestry within that population makes a difference when it comes to health outcomes.