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Healthcare spending declines for first time since 1960

By Jeff Lagasse for Becker’s Hospital Review Adjusted for inflation, healthcare spending in the U.S. declined for the first time in more than half a century in 2021, according to a new report from Altarum. The first time the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services officially tracked health spending was in 1960, and since that…

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Where great healthcare IT teams are focused next

By Laura Dyrda for Becker’s Hospital Review The next generation of effective CIOs will be focused on strategic leadership, effective communication and team builders. Four CIOs from across the U.S. share how their role and IT teams are changing. Craig Richardville. Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer (Salt Lake City): When the CIO…

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10 procedures CMS proposes moving off the inpatient-only list in 2023

By Alan Condon for Becker’s Hospital Review Medicare is recommending removing 10 procedures from the inpatient-only list in 2023, according to its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System proposed rule, released July 15. Here are the 10 CPT codes and their descriptions: 16036: Escharotomy; each additional incision (list separately in addition…

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AMA Announces CPT Update for Monkeypox Testing and Vaccination

From For the Record Magazine The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced an update to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)®, the nation’s leading medical terminology code set for describing health care procedures and services, that includes a new laboratory test code for the orthopoxvirus and two codes for the vaccines being utilized to prevent monkeypox infection. These…

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