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Practice Checklist for the New 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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New Law Requires a 3-Day Paid Sick Days

A new law that takes effect in July 2015 requires nearly every employer in California to allow all of its employees at least 3 paid sick days each year. California is the only state other than Connecticut to have a sick-leave mandate on its books. The new law stipulates that employees receive an hour of paid sick leave Read more

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Anatomy of Medicare Parts?

Everyone in the healthcare industry is anticipating the complete overhaul of the reimbursement methods to providers. Going down the list of the various Medicare parts, the next in sequence–alphabetically–is “E”. Hence, the new model is named “Medicare Part E”. Currently, Medicare reimburses providers as follows: Part A = Hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility, Hospice and Home Health Read more

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California’s Paid Family Leave Expanded

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

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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New Rule Gives Patients Direct Access to Lab Test Results

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that patients will soon be able to obtain their medical test results directly from their laboratory, rather than having to request a copy from their physician’s office. Currently, 13 states currently prohibit labs from releasing test results directly to patients. At the present, Read more

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