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What are the Risk Factors Involved in Offshore Billing Agencies ?

Getting your claims reimbursed through offshore medical billing and coding agencies is not a new phenomenon that has hit the healthcare service industry just now. It has been into operations since the change of century (2000-2001) and has gained stronghold in almost all the major hospitals and physician facilities.

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Merger and Acquisitions in Radiology Practice – How Will It Impact The Practice Revenue?

Radiology facilities are witnessing a positive growth over the past few years, however for quite a while now, mergers and acquisitions between practices have been a point of talk in radiology specialty. Despite the fact that there has not been a noteworthy increment in blended practices, it’s a plausibility that still concerns numerous.

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HIPAA Rules: Penalties and Criminal Liabilities

HIPAA was officially enacted in the year 1996 by United States congress. HIPAA has two titles–In the Title I of the rule is to protect individuals and families under the circumstances when they lose their job or when they change their job. In the Title II also known as the administrative simplification provision requires the establishment of electronic healthcare transactions to protect the identity of providers, health insurance plans, and employers.

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6 Trends to Watch Out For Healthcare Billing Industry In 2017

Developed and developing economies are expected to see health care spending increase ranging from 2.4 percent to 7.5 percent between the year 2015 and 2020 according to the report by Deloitte. Healthcare industry is projected to take a multi-million dollar leap by 2022; Are the existing resources in the industry enough to meet the projected demands? The industry in general has been facing a lot of issues regarding the billing processes including changes in maintaining health care records and the changes in Medicaid and Medicare policies. Also, operational costs are increasing in the medical industry more than ever, providing diminishing returns. Complicated coding rules, fee structure confusions, Value for care focused policies are some of the major struggles that the industry is battling.

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Ransomware Attack: How Can Healthcare Industry be Shielded?

The first known malware extortion attack happened under the name “AIDS Trojan” which was written by Joseph Popp in the year 1989. The malware was pretty much ineffective due to design problems. Encrypted ransomware returned in the year 2013 when a crypto locker used digital currency Bitcoin to extort money from the infected users. According to the estimate around US$27 million was procured from the infected users. The next wave of huge attack came through in May 2017 when WannaCry Ransomware spread through the internet using the exploit vector for the Microsoft system. The attack infected more than 75,000 users in over 99 countries in 20 different languages. WannaCry demanded money in the form of digital bitcoins and for each system $300. The Shadow brokers-makers of WannaCry gave their victims 7-day deadline from the day their computers were infected. The major infected users are FedEx, Deutsche Bank, many more companies which didn’t come forward in the fear of losing out on clients. The British National Health Service (NHS) was also affected due to ransomware which resulted in at least 16 hospitals to turn away the patients or cancel operations.

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Baby Teeth Link Autism and Heavy Metals, NIH Study Suggests

Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on possible environmental contributors to the disease. The findings, published June 1 in the journal Nature Communications,, suggest that differences in early-life exposure to metals, or more importantly how a child's body processes them, may affect the risk of autism.

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CMS Predicts Qualifying APM Participants

Physicians need wonder no more whether they’ll don the honor of Qualifying Participant (QP) in an Advanced Alternate Payment Model (APM) this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over the weekend predictive QP status for 2017 Advanced APMs.

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