Rev Cycle Documentation Errors Add Up to Almost $5M, OIG Says

By Amanda Norris for Health Leaders Now is the time to shore up your revenue cycle as some providers may need to pay for incorrect modifier usage. According to the recent report by the OIG investigating instances of incorrect co-surgery and assistant-at-surgery modifier usage, 69 of 100 sampled procedural services did not meet federal requirements. An additional…

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Electronic Medical Records Are Strangling American Medicine

By Dane Brodke, MD, MPH for MedPage Today Last month, 15,000 nurses went on strike in Minnesota in the largest private-sector nursing strike in U.S. history. They were protesting understaffing and overwork at a time when provider burnout has reached epidemic proportions — approximately 63% of physicians and 80% of nurses now report symptoms of burnout. Meanwhile, healthcare continues to struggle…

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Healthcare affordability a top issue for U.S. voters

By Steven Meyers for DH Insights It’s report card season, and U.S. healthcare affordability is getting mostly poor and failing grades from Americans, who are poised to act on this issue in the upcoming November elections. The West Health-Gallup 2022 Healthcare in America Report is based on their joint survey conducted in late June on a representative…

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New student enrollment down for health professions, clinical sciences in 2022

Nathan Tucker by Becker’s Hospital Review U.S. workers and professionals are considering alternative options to formal higher education, and the number of students seeking degrees in healthcare reflects the downward trend of overall college enrollment. College enrollment continues to decline, down 1.1 percent overall from 2021 to 2022, marking a two-year decline of 3.2 percent…

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25% of ransomware attacks aimed at healthcare industry, FBI says

By Giles Bruce for Becker’s Hospital Review The healthcare sector has been hit with 25 percent of ransomware attacks so far in 2022, according to FBI data. The agency cited the Internet Crime Complaint Center data in a joint warning about a hacker gang targeting hospitals. In 2021, the healthcare and public health sector had the most ransomware reports…

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