Commercial carriers increasingly are auditing practices to recoup money paid as a result of inappropriate billing.
Prepping for an audit can help reduce the risk of a breach.
Solo practitioner uses a number of inexpensive electronic tools that boost efficiency and allow her to see more patients.
Practices need to have a response plan in place.
To be a good manager, many physicians need to learn how to be humble, a better communicator, and a good listener.
Simple fixes can help practices meet the 'minimum necessary' standard under HIPAA.
Interview with David F. Penson, MD.
Advances in prostate cancer screening, management and therapeutics have vastly improved patient care.
Coding and incomplete documentation are thought to be the biggest challenges under ICD-10.
Experts recommend keeping certain policies on file.
Each physician has to determine areas where there is room for improvement and the potential return on changes made.
After the assessment is over, it's time to move forward to mitigate issues and fill gaps where breaches could occur.
No matter how much pharmacologic therapy advances, patient behavior will remain a significant factor in the outcomes achieved.
How to comply with HIPAA's risk assessment provision.
Ferric pyrophosphate citrate may play a role in the therapeutic armamentarium for dialysis patients.
In recent years, there have been widespread media reports of large breaches - millions of records compromised, followed by millions of dollars in fines.
This effect appears to occur mainly in men who experience recurrence when they are younger than 65 and in those with low-risk cancer.
Recipients of AKI kidneys have patient and graft survival rates similar to those of recipients of non-AKI kidneys.
Providers do not have to learn all of the new 68,000 codes in ICD-10. Here's what steps they should take.
We may feel good treating a patient's edema, but is fluid retention always harmful?
Since the inception of HIPAA, physicians have been required to disclose patient information to 2 places.
Practices may need to adjust schedules, time off, and compensation as the number of female urologists and nephrologists grows.
Chronic diseases such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have now surpassed opportunistic infections as the leading cause of death among HIV-infected patients.
Studies suggest that these cholesterol-lowering drugs can improve treatment of genitourinary cancers and prevent contrast-induced nephropathy.
Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.
Providers need to take a close look at their individual practices, identify potential areas of risk, and put important safeguards in place.
Daniel Canter, M.D., discusses narrow-band imaging (NBI) for visualization of bladder cancer.
Low testosterone in men with CKD should not be treated routinely, but can be considered on an individual basis in some cases.
Understanding the market is one of the most important aspects of selling a practice.
Health care providers are increasingly using mobile devices for patient care.
Experts review ACA provisions that practices should weigh when deciding on employee medical benefits.
When a security breach occurs, these documents could make things easier during a government audit.
Among other considerations, a physician has to define a window of time for the length of care needed to treat a condition.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has worked with members of its CROWNWeb support teams to review federal rules and regulations.
For decades, prostate cancer risk (PCa) stratification was based primarily on the architectural pattern of the tumor.
Among the most important challenges in producing a medical newspaper is deciding what studies or topics on which to report.
'Dialysis Facility Compare' will tabulate publicly reported quality measures, such as transfusion rates and mortality.
A wide range of patient information is covered under HIPAA privacy statutes, which regulate how information is disclosed.
Providers should be embracing this patient engagement tool as much as possible, experts say.
Eisenhower warned Americans to beware of the "military-industrial complex" as it can overwhelm us.
Barriers to donation may explain why living donor kidney transplantation has been declining.
If a group has a predictable schedule that works for doctors most of the time, then legitimate reasons for change should be defined.
Communicating effectively about appropriate options and eliciting patient input for overactive bladder (OAB) can improve outcomes.
The separation of continents no longer provides a secure buffer against the spread of communicable diseases from far-flung places.
Providers should look up Medicare reimbursement rates for their practice's locality.
Would any heterogeneity in the choice of additional services be unethical or implausible?
RVUs are a useful gauge of doctors' productivity, but practices also should look at such aspects as each practitioner's caseload and reimbursements.
Distinguishing primary from secondary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis is crucial because the treatment approaches and therapeutic goals differ.
We crave clinical and scientific data, yet we grieve the performance-based data increasingly directed toward us.
Growing a practice is a matter of knowing your market and reaching out to referral sources and patients.
Dr. Moe spoke about the importance of nephrology research and how a prize competition can facilitate the process.
Dialysis is not necessarily in the patient's best interest, clinicians and ethicists say.
Many patients still insist that I need to check and manage their cholesterol.
As we move to a more comprehensive model, it makes sense to diminish the separation between the clinical and administrative sides of practice.
Jonathan Harper, MD, of the UW School of Medicine in Seattle, explains his "Rolling Stones" concept as a feasible office procedure.
Confirmation of creatinine-based eGFR should be performed in select circumstances using, where appropriate, either measured GFR or cystatin C.
For the first time, the federal CMS has made public a database showing what it pays out to individual physicians.
Coloplast has been involved in the manufacturing of inflatable penile prosthesis since 1973.
Out-of-pocket is one option, but it may make better business sense to lease equipment or borrow money to pay for it.
CORAL study chair Lance Dworkin, MD, discusses the controversial finding with Renal & Urology News.
Human beings are unique in the animal kingdom when it comes to nutrition.
Some researchers are not convinced that high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with an increased PCa risk.
Nephrologists and urologists can spend more time providing quality care for patients, but establishing referral sources may be a challenge.
Rising readmission rates of subsequent sepsis have given urologic surgeon Jeremy Grummet, MBBS, MS, FRACS, pause.
The term "personalized medicine" remains an overused promise to apply specific treatment plans.
In-house clinics can be a cost-efficient way to provide high-quality healthcare, without having to make a large investment.
Immunologic mismatch may no longer be a barrier between living kidney donors and recipients.
Geriatric patients with CKD are at high risk for morbidity and mortality from the potential side effects of treatments.
A majority of patients on HD have hypertension, and CVD is the leading cause of death in these patients.
This higher level of dialysis care in Canada is partly owed to substantially higher reimbursement fees for nephrologists.
Although several biomarkers show promise, PCA3 has garnered substantial attention following FDA approval and its role in the diagnosis of PCa will grow.
Elevated levels of Hcy are associated with increased levels of cardiovascular inflammation.
Medical office staff need to understand which patients often miss their appointments and why.
The surgical treatment of urolithiasis has undergone a marked evolution over the past 30 years.
Some may find it surprising that Dr. Critz generally considers RP to be the go-to treatment for localized disease.
When we move from one state to another, typically we must obtain a driver's license from the state to which we are relocating.
Sensitivity to the price of medications, for example, may improve patient adherence to pharmacotherapy.
A digital sensing platform could allow patients with chronic kidney ailments or diabetes to test their own urine albumin levels.
As a venue for presenting important research on kidney disease to the world, Kidney Week never disappoints.
Innovative approaches offer the potential for effective treatments to limited target areas with improved side effect profiles.
Clinicians will use neurostimulation, mobile apps, portable dialysis, artificial kidneys, and remote monitoring in innovative ways.
Urologist Ronald K. Loo, MD, of Southern California Permanente Medical Group and colleagues created and validated a Hematuria Risk Index.
Vitamin D is often recognized for its impact on bone metabolism, but it is also an important regulator of immune function.
After the end of 16-day federal shutdown in October, media headlines touted the financial impact on America and the cost of restarting the government.
Elderly patients face greater perioperative risks and postoperative mortality, so careful selection of surgical candidates is imperative.
Physicians need to know such particulars as what they pay per square foot for office space and the cost per minute of patient care.
Hyponatremia authority Dr. Juan Carlos Ayus receives calls all the time from fellow nephrologists who have questions.
For years, dietary recommendations have focused on reducing saturated fat and its potential sources.
Over the past 10 years the annual ESRD incidence rate per million U.S. population has remained stagnant or even shown sporadic downward trends.
The type and amount of ingested protein affects clinical outcomes such as protein-energy wasting, kidney function and even survival.
Cultivate good referral relationships and prove to payers that you provide high-quality, cost-effective care.
Radium-223 was approved in May 2013 for the treatment of mCRPC with symptomatic bone metastases and no visceral disease.
Keeping abreast of the most current treatments for idiopathic OAB can lead to improved outcomes and quality of life.
Elevated uric acid levels are associated with increased risks for hypertension, gout, and renal impairment.
For men at risk of developing prostate cancer (PCa), prophylactic prostatectomy seems almost irrational for several reasons
These mid-level healthcare providers make it possible to increase caseload and free up doctors so they can focus on higher-cost services.
A nascent technology combines laser optics and ultrasound to distinguish between benign and malignant prostate tissue.
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