Connecticut Among States Receiving Health Exchange Establishment Grants

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced five states and the District of Columbia received another round of health exchange establishment grants.

Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Minnesota received an additional Level I establishment grant to continue developing their online insurance marketplaces. Connecticut, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia are receiving Level II funding. The states have until November 16 to submit their exchange plans for approval.

CPT Flu Vaccine Code Updates

The beginning of fall marks the time of year patients begin seeking flu shots in anticipation of the winter months.  The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released its mid-year updates to the Category I vaccine codes, many of which relate to the seasonal flu vaccine.

One major change is the addition of code 90672.  Released July 1, the code is effective as of January 1, 2013 and will appear in the 2013 CPT codebook. The AMA has also revised several existing CPT code descriptors for the flu vaccine. Intramuscular vaccine codes 90655-90658 and intranasal vaccine code 90660 added trivalent  to their descriptors indicating the vaccines provide patients with immunity against three different strains of the flu vaccine.

NPI Requirement Begins October 1

HMS healthcare Management SolutionsBeginning October 1, all outpatient Medicare therapy service claims must contain the National Provider Identifier (NPI) of the physician responsible for periodically reviewing the therapy plan of care.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated therapy claims that do not contain the NPI will be returned unpaid.

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Healthcare Social Media Series: Think Social Media Isn’t Important?

In the last several years, the use of social media outlets has grown significantly.  While many healthcare organizations have embraced the trend, others are reluctant to join the conversation. Below are some important statistics which strongly favor integrating a social media strategy into your communications plan.

  • Social media has a higher lead-to-close rate than outbound marketing
  • 62% report social media has become important to their marketing plans
  • 43% of online consumers participate in social media
  • 42% say Facebook is important to their business
  • Twitter has 106 million of registered users sending 55 million tweets per day
  • 21% of purchases result from browsing goods and services on Pinterest
  • 77% of B2C companies and 43% of B2B companies acquired customers from Facebook
  • 75% of Twitter traffic comes from outside translating to 180 million unique visitors per month

Remember, establishing a social media presence for your business is critical.  Contact HMS Healthcare Management Solutions and see how we can help!

Top Mobile Apps For Chronic Disease Management

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsWith the number of Americans living with chronic disease expected to reach 157 million by 2020, the market for mobile health apps to help patients manage such diseases is large and growing.

Several diabetes applications are among the top apps popular for monitoring chronic health conditions, while others help monitor blood pressure, allergies and heart health.

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Americans Agree Health Reform Is Here To Stay

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsAmericans may not agree on health reform, but most agree it’s here to stay.

According to a poll developed by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Michigan has concluded approximately 70% of Americans think the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will be implemented.  Only 12% thought it would be completely repealed.

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Obama Administration Sends Upcoding Warning

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsA letter signed by U.S. Attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr., and Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius warns providers against using electronic records to abusively bill for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

The letter expresses great concern the adoption of electronic health records could lead to inappropriate coding and addresses the use of electronic health records to facilitate ‘upcoding’ of the intensity of care or severity of patients’ condition.

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HMS Attending NAHC Annual Meeting & Expo

HMS Healthcare Management Solutions is attending the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) Annual Meeting & Exposition at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on October 21-25, 2012.

Stop by our exhibit space to learn more about the HMS difference. Introduce yourself to our knowledgeable staff and grab some of our great giveaways!  Attendees can also register to win a Kindle Fire HD!

Unable to attend?  HMS will keep you posted on what’s going on at the event.  Follow our lives social media updates for the latest happenings at the conference and beyond! Click here to follow the HMS Blog.  To follow our updates on Twitter, click here.