New and views on issues related to improving the quality of hematologic care.
CMS Tests New Medicare Part B Reimbursement Model: How Will It Affect Hematologists?
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 | May 2016, Volume 2, Issue 5
In March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to test new models to improve Medicare Part B physician reimbursements for prescription drugs.1 According to CMS, the rule will test different physician incentives that would, in theory, encourage the prescription of the most effective drugs and reward positive patient outcomes. […]
Choosing Wisely Across the Internal Medicine Spectrum: Which Recommendations Should Hematologists Pay Attention To?
Monday, March 14th, 2016 | February 2016, Volume 2, Issue 2
In collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, ASH released a list of hematology-related tests and procedures to question based on recommendations from other medical societies at the 2015 annual meeting. Choosing Wisely encourages clinicians and patients to engage in conversations to reduce waste and overuse in health care. […]
New Medicare Care Choices Model Seeks to Expand Access to Palliative Care
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 | November 2015, Volume 1, Issue 11
On July 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 141 hospices that have been selected to participate in the new Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM), a pilot program designed to expand patients’ access to palliative and hospice care.1 The new model provides clinicians, beneficiaries, and their families with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and active […]
ICD-10: Ready or Not!
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 | October 2015, Volume 1, Issue 10
After two one-year reprieves, it’s finally here: The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). Nationwide, on October 1, 2015, all health-care business transactions in the United States converted to ICD-10 from the previous version of the ICD (ICD-9). If they did not convert, claims and electronic transactions will be rejected. The ICD-9 […]
Practice Update: Congress Repeals SGR Bill. What Now?
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 | May 2015, Volume 1, Issue 5
In April 14, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) by an overwhelming bipartisan majority – putting an end to the controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that had threatened to cut physician payments for years. Two weeks earlier, it passed the House by a similar overwhelming majority. […]