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May 20, 2020

Resumption of In-Office Elective Surgery and Invasive Procedures in New Jersey

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Gov. Murphy issued Executive Order 145, allowing physicians and dentists to resume elective surgeries and invasive procedures as of Tuesday, May 26. This is long-awaited news by both patients and doctors. However, before practices start scheduling and performing elective procedures and surgeries, they should ensure that the practice complies with the directives of the New Jersey Department of Health or the Division of Consumer Affairs, depending on where the procedure will be performed.» Read More

Jul 08, 2019

When a Patient Refuses to Listen to Their Doctor

The all-too-common experience of a patient refusing treatment or testing, or simply being non-compliant has become rampant. In order for practitioners to protect themselves, medical documentation must be more diligent than ever. Patient non-compliance can result in a multitude of negative ramifications to the practitioner.» Read More

Nov 08, 2018

Medical Record Retention – How Long Should Physician Practices Maintain Patient Records?

As most physician practices move towards implementing EHR systems and technologies, medical offices are often prompted to decide whether or not to dispose of old medical records for inactive patients. The question of how long a physician must maintain patient medical records depends on a variety of business and legal factors, as outlined below.» Read More

Jul 19, 2018

CMS Proposes Overhaul of Billing Rules and Pays for Telehealth

On July 12, 2018, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a major overhaul of the way doctors have billed Medicare for patient visits for two decades. Some of the key provisions in the lengthy proposed rule include:

  • simplifying the billing process to require less documentation that must be submitted by collapsing four separate levels of documentation requirements into one;
  • allowing physicians to use their medical decision making or time spent with the patient to designate the level of patient care needed in lieu of using the traditional evaluation and management codes;
  • paying physicians for certain telemedicine services; and
  • continuing the site-neutral policy that pays off-campus facilities 40% of the outpatient rates for the services they provide to encourage “fairer competition between hospitals and physician practices by promoting greater payment alignment between outpatient care settings.”
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