Specialists need to determine the kind of payers they have and the kind of payers they want.
Among the first things practices should do is set up a check-out/check-in system.
Medical groups may need to address such issues as claims denials and failure to obtain prior authorization.
Access control often is viewed as an IT-only job, but it is a shared responsibility.
Evidence to date provides no clear answer as to whether early or delayed RRT is the best approach.
One of the most overlooked functions of communication is establishing the patient relationship.
MACRA carries significant reimbursement implications over the next several years.
In serious breach cases, the HHS Office for Civil Rights may impose CAPs to prevent breaches from recurring.
Benefits include rapid assessment of kidney size, cortical thickness, and volume status.
World Kidney Day 2017 promotes education on the harmful consequences of obesity and its association with kidney disease, advocating healthy lifestyle and health policy measures that makes preventive behaviors an affordable option.
Decreased use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and an uptick in peritoneal dialysis use are among the trends.
Cutting down on chitchat with patients is among the ways to improve workflow.
Encryption and keeping confidential information off laptops and cellphones are among the ways to prevent breaches.
Efforts should be directed at making nephrology more appealing to recruit more trainees.
Practices should think of patients as consumers and identify ways to make their visit enjoyable.
HHS fined providers for not having a business associate agreement in place or using an outdated one.
Exhaustion, low energy, increases in absenteeism, and drops in productivity are among the signs of burnout.
Providers are still not doing some of the most basic tasks required by the law.
Managing complaints can be a way to make or break your patient relationships and online reputation.
Practices benefit from cost savings and easy access to patient records, but information breaches are still possible.
What you need to know now to benchmark your medical practice.
Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.
Ongoing studies are now looking at pharmacogenetics when comparing mycophenolate mofitil and cyclophosphamide for treating lupus nephritis.
The approach can help identify suitable candidates for active surveillance, but false positives and cost effectiveness are concerns.
Clinicians now have tools for improving prostate cancer screening and risk stratification.
The procedure may be particularly efficacious for men with very large prostates.
A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.
Now providers can be sued for HIPAA violations related to breaches of protected health information.
Many providers still find EMRs vexing, even after all these years.
Addressable doesn't mean optional: Having an implementation plan can be helpful in case of an audit.
The availability of direct-acting antiviral drugs may enable eradication of hepatitis C virus and improve outcomes.
The gross revenue of the CCM program for a physician with 1,742 patients could range from $44,000 if about one-third of the Medicare patients are eligible to as much as $178,000 if two-thirds are.
As business associates come under greater scrutiny, healthcare providers could become more susceptible to audits and patient lawsuits.
It is unclear to physicians why some patients develop calciphylaxis while others do not.
As a heterogenous disease, obesity requires an individualized approach to treatment.
Providers are becoming more comfortable with the new system, so Medicare and other payers may scrutinize claims more closely.
Practices should review the list of 18 identifiers and remove each item before sharing data.
Prompt-pay discounts and payment plans are among the ways practices can improve collections of what patients owe.
First case of colistin-resistant mcr-1 E coli in the United States; strains also have been identified in Europe and Canada.
Practices should get demos of the electronic medical record systems they are interested in and analyze the clinical and practice management aspects of these systems.
HIPAA requires physician offices to appoint a security officer, but a physician should not hold the position.
Survey results can identify physician outliers who may be bring down a whole group's satisfaction score.
Patients' representatives, individuals designated to make medical decisions for them, have equal rights to access information under HIPAA.
A summary of Dr. Jeffrey S. Berns' presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.
A summary of Dr. Ronald D. Perrone's presentation that will be given at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings in Boston, MA.
Follow these tips to reduce the paperwork burden at your medical practice.
Fellowship positions go unfilled as the US faces expanding population of kidney disease patients.
Providers typically need business associate agreements with health information organizations.
The end-stage renal disease community can now capture data on depression screening and pain assessment efforts.
An interview with Neal Shore, MD
The new consensus statement reflects the advances made in glucose monitoring technology and offers guidance for clinicians.
Patients diagnosed with prostate cancer often struggle with their diagnosis.
New document from the Office of Civil Rights reminds providers of their responsibilities and offers compliance tips.
An interview with David J. McConkey, PhD
Benjamin T Ristau, MD, and Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, examine why adjuvant therapies have been so ineffective.
Patients can be spared having to take off work and travel long distances for routine visits that do not require physical contact.
Tumors fall into 1 of 5 grade groups based on what pathologic findings indicate about prognosis.
Appointment schedules should reflect physicians' work style and patient demands.
Renal & Urology News interviewed Matthew R. Weir, MD, director of the division of nephrology and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Many small practices fall short on requirements because they do not have the resources to comply.
At the highest level, the ratings can be used to categorize facilities. They can also indicate which facilities may need more resources.
Threats and vulnerabilities, such as hacking potential and password strength, should be considered.
If ESRD patients face increasing difficulty getting a kidney transplant in coming years, they may see an artificial kidney as the next best alternative.
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.
Additional novel medical therapies to treat prostate cancer and earlier use of the existing medical therapies are the future of prostate cancer management.
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.
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