Upcoding Crackdown: Federal Efforts Fail to Benefit Private Insurers

For more than a decade, taxpayer-funded health care programs have seen a steady uptick in higher-paying billing codes. Office visits, outpatient services, and emergency room care have all been billed at progressively higher reimbursement codes, raising fees by billions of dollars. Many providers contend the shift is the result of sicker patients coupled with the

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The Road to Optimal Opioid Prescription Length

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year. Most of that burden is related to workplace costs, such as lost productivity, prolonged time on disability, and increased work disability claim costs. To help combat this crisis, organizations

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The Future is Now – Telemedicine in the Marketplace

For years, telemedicine has been touted as the next frontier in healthcare. Based on data from multiple health systems, the future has arrived. Some of the country’s largest and most prestigious health systems such as Kaiser Permanente, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Johns Hopkins now boast robust telemedicine programs. At Kaiser Permanente, virtual patient encounters now outnumber in-person

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The One Litmus Test for Indispensable Employees

It’s no secret executives value employees who are smart, driven and lifelong learners. However, sometimes organizations can get bogged down with too many key performance indicators (KPIs), copious desirable employee traits and overly complex review processes, so it’s nice to have a quick, “back-of-the-napkin” measure of employee value. According to businessman Mark Cuban, the secret

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Rest and Fewer Reps Hasten Learning

We all know the saying “Practice makes perfect.” According to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, at least 10,000 hours is required to be a true expert. Many of us assume that aspiring experts must cram those hours into uninterrupted practice sessions and master one topic at a time before moving on. But the conventional wisdom of “blocking”

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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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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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