The IRS Section 179 Extended
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The IRS Section 179 Extended

IRS Section 179

The IRS Section 179 tax deduction is designed to encourage business owners to invest in equipment or technology and can result in significant savings for your practice. And now, the deduction has been extended permanently, until further notice, allowing you to deduct up to $500,000 in qualifying expenses annually during the first year of ownership. Read more

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How to Handle Patient Request for Medical Records

Digital Check-in

A patient has a legal right to access his or her health record under HIPAA and state law. An oral, handwritten, faxed or emailed request from the patient or patient representative should be honored. Time Allowed to Complete Request The California timeline is shorter than the HIPAA timeline, so all practices must comply with the Read more

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How to Read an EOB / ERA

ERA/EOB - Reimbursement

Many physician practices recognize the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as both a patient information privacy law and electronic patient information security law. However, HIPAA actually encompasses a number of regulations. As such, the federal government has published several “rules” that instruct the health care industry on how to comply with the law. Read more

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CMS Finalizes the Meaningful Use Rules

Meaningful Use Stages

On October 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) released the 752-page final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs, which they say will ease reporting requirements for providers. The rule finalizes proposals that were made by the agency back in April of 2015. This Read more

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Medicare Incentive and Penalty Programs – A Brief Summary

Medicare Penalty Reduction

Over the past few years Congress has created a number of programs that call for payment incentives and reductions (referred to as “adjustments” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) that impact physicians and their practices. These programs include: Sequestration Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Meaningful Use (MU) Physician Quality Reporting Read more

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Practice Checklist for the New Year

Checklist_End of Year

[  ] Missing Charge Slips: Complete all your missing slips for this year to have a fresh start. Also, review any claims on hold or pending. [  ] Account Receivables: It is unlikely that you can collect all the monies due to you, but you can still make a big impact. There are several ways Read more

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California’s Paid Family Leave Expanded

Group of workers

Beginning on July 1, California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program will be expanded to provide benefits to workers who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild or sibling. This change was prompted by the passage of Senate Bill 770, which was signed into law by Governor Brown on Read more

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DMV Makes Changes That Affect Physicians

Road (DMV)

Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) has made two changes that affect physicians. Effective January 1, 2014: DMV will only accept new DL 51 (1/2014 revision date) for commercial driver exams as a valid medical examination report for commercial driver license holders. Exams performed before January 1 can still be submitted on the older forms (revision Read more

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Cal MediConnect – California’s Duals Demonstration

Duals MediConnect in 8 Counties

“Dual Eligible Beneficiaries” are seniors and people with disabilities who are dually eligible for both of the public and health insurance programs. Both the state Medi-Cal program and the federal Medicare program are partnering to launch a 3-year demonstration to promote coordinated health care delivery to these dual eligible beneficiaries. The program will be called Read more

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Hiring a Billing Company – Compliance Plan (Part 3)

Hiring a Billing Company

Does the Billing Company Have a Compliance Plan? One of the most important components of doing your due diligence in hiring a billing company is to ensure that they have an active compliance plan. In fact, having a compliance plan should be a hiring requirement. Having a compliance plan is imperative and, at the least, Read more

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