10 Bad Habits to Eliminate from Your Daily Life

A recent Inc. article cited 10 common bad habits that endanger our health, hamper our productivity, and harm our relationships. Some habits identified are widely acknowledged “no-nos,” such as cigarette smoking and using electronic devices before bed. Other cited habits that I personally struggle with are keeping a cluttered desk and snacking out of stress

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Big Differences Between Three ICD-10 Coding Systems

Here are some interesting facts about ICD-10 that may not be commonly known. International Classification of Diseases (ICD) was created by the World Health Organization (WHO), which has served the healthcare community for over a century. While most industrialized countries moved to the ICD’s “tenth revision” – ICD-10 – 30 years ago (1983), the United

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Leading Quality of People with High Emotional Intelligence

Inc. recently posted an article emphasizing the one powerful attribute people with high emotional intelligence have – self-awareness. Most of us know people who are pretty smart in general and who can easily analyze the flaws of others, but struggle to apply that same analysis inward. Sometimes it’s difficult to be self-aware, and it can

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MSA Fines – Recent Ruling Adds More Risk

In a recent ruling between Humana vs. Western Heritage Insurance, the courts upheld the rights of Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) to sue for double damages for any costs they incurred that should have been paid by the primary carrier. In a nutshell, MAOs will now have the same protections and rights as the Centers for

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HIPAA Fines – More Prominent and Pricey

In looking at this article on HIPAA fines, it is clear that penalties from the Department of Health and Human Services for HIPAA violations are increasing. While the number of audits performed is still small, there is an upward trend in the frequency and fine amounts that will continue. Currently, the average settlement is 2 million dollars. Even

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Largest Single Healthcare Fraud Case in U.S. History

The U.S. Justice Department just recently indicted three Florida residents in the “largest single criminal healthcare fraud case ever brought against individuals.” While the case has not gone to trial yet, the numbers are staggering. It is alleged that over $1 billion in Medicare and Medicaid billings were fraudulently charged by just a few co-conspirators –

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War of Mergers

I have previously written about the increased pace of medical provider/hospital mergers since the Affordable Care Act was passed. By consolidating choices and moving more services into hospital settings, where pricing is much higher for the same treatment, facilities are able to negotiate better PPO rates, increase revenue, and improve profitability. This exact same trend

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Common Sense & HIPAA

This article discusses a HIPAA violation so obscene it is difficult to believe. A nurse took a picture of a patient’s private area while he was unconscious, and then sent the pictures to her coworkers via text message. Obviously this is a colossal mistake, and a violation of privacy, decency and common sense. These types

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An Observation – Deadly Healthcare Mistakes & Orlando’s Tragedy

I often find myself coming back to this issue because it is so troubling – the third leading cause of death in America is, in fact, our nation’s healthcare. Patients are dying from the medical treatment itself versus the actual health issue they sought care for in the first place. Whether it be inappropriate medications,

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