Linking you to industry trends, tips, and news
In our latest edition of Medicus Megabytes, learn why you may have to start bringing your passport on assignments next year, as well as what you will need to consider regarding the two forthcoming program options for Medicare reimbursement.
- Do you regularly fly to locum tenens assignments and other destinations? Beginning in 2016—as reported by Travel + Leisure—if your permanent residence is in one of four states or a particular U.S. territory, you may not be able to use your driver’s license as proof of ID on domestic flights. The reason: Licenses from Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, and American Samoa have been deemed noncompliant with security standards defined in the Real ID Act.
- Executive Insight highlights five key areas organizations should consider for increased physician engagement, such as identifying coding gaps and monitoring performance improvements.
- In just over three years’ time, physicians and their practices will have to be enrolled in one of two options for Medicare reimbursement. In a recent Medical Economics article, Bob Doherty, senior vice president of government affairs and public policy for the American College of Physicians, clarifies what providers should know about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and an alternative payment model (APM).
- Last week, in hopes of creating a startup corporation to produce affordable generic drugs, a group of Johns Hopkins-trained physicians launched a crowdfunding campaign. “We are increasingly frustrated by outrageous increases in the prices of generic pharmaceuticals and artificial shortages of common drugs,” said founder Alexander Oshmyansky, MD, PhD, in a PR Newswire press release. “It is affecting the healthcare we can provide and endangering patient lives here in the U.S.”
- The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has a new president. Juan Quintana, CRNA, DNP, MHS, a former regional director on the AANA’s board of directors, assumed his new role last month and is committed to optimizing the utilization of certified registered nurse anesthetists, as stated in a press release from his 49,000-member organization.
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