Pan-Mass Challenge 2008: Please help me support the Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund

It's that time of year again: Spring in New England, when a young man's fancy (OK, a middle-aged man's fancy) turns to long-distance bicycling (or, at least, to long-distance bicycling without balaclavas and booties).  It's time to get more serious about training, and to get serious about fundraising for the Jimmy Fund. I'll be riding […]

CMS contractors seek to bring evidence-based medicine to diagnostic imaging

In last week's mail bag: L&M Policy Research, LLC, and its partners, the National Imaging Associates and the Lewin Group, have been contracted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop imaging efficiency measures. In preparation for additional work on this project, L&M would like to take the opportunity to ask the public […]

David Harlow quoted in Part B Insider on CMS physician billing audits

Eli Research's Part B Insider ran a story last week (p. 3) with five tips on surviving physician practice billing audits, featuring some advice from the HealthBlawger: Stay current on the regs and policies Document care properly Find out why you're being audited Maintain documentation Keep a record of what the auditors review — David […]

PHRs, EHRs, privacy, functionality, and what the future might hold

I had the opportunity to give an informal talk at a NEHIMSS gathering earlier this week.  It was a perfect storm: Google Health finally went live on Monday (and now I am the last blogger to blog about it), and a local institution has been involved as one of the first cohort of providers and […]

ACE — CMS to roll out a new physician-hospital collaboration demonstration featuring bundled payments

The federales are now pushing the latest CMS demo promoting physician hospital collaboration.  In other words, CMS is having another go at gainsharing from a slightly different angle.  The information available on the demo at CMS website includes the formal solicitation (applications due August 15).  It’s known as ACE – the Acute Care Episode demo. […]