Major Updates to the Current Medical Claim Form Are Upon Us

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have given final approval for the Version 02/12 1500 Health Insurance Claim Form and the implementation date of April 1, 2014 is fast approaching. Failure to use these new forms can result in significant delays in processing medical payments as well as a possible rejection of certain claims. The new form has been revised to accommodate ...

Physician Update Fix Is a Stopgap Measure until the end of March

President Obama and his administration have been working with Congress to find a permanent solution for the elimination of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reductions that were scheduled to take place on January 1, 2014. In the interim he has signed into law the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 that includes several provisions to eliminate the expected reductions in coverage through March 31, 2014. This new legislation provides for a .5 per...

Can Using Windows XP Put Your HIPAA Compliance In Jeopardy?

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By any measure, Windows XP was one of the most popular operating systems ever released by Microsoft. It is still being used today on computers and laptops nearly 13 years after its introduction. Microsoft's announcement of their ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 means that many computers used in the healthcare industry that rely on this operating system are now technically out of compliance with HIPPAA regulations. This end of sup...