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Specific, consistent ICD-10 coding key to timely payments

(HealthDay)—In order to prevent denials, it is important to code correctly within the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), with specificity matching documentation, according to an article published ...

Oncology & Cancer

Radiation costs vary among Medicare patients with cancer

Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person's cancer, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the Journal ...

Oncology & Cancer

Chemo rx patterns changed before reimbursement changes

(HealthDay)—Other factors may affect chemotherapy prescription patterns more than changes in Medicare reimbursement, according to a study published online Sept. 29 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Increasing operating costs top concern for medical practices

(HealthDay)—The top five concerns of medical practice executives all relate to financial management, with dealing with increasing operating costs reported as the most difficult daily challenge, according to a report published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Histopathology not needed with tympanomastoidectomy

(HealthDay)—The clinical utility of histopathologic evaluation of cholesteatoma cysts is low in patients undergoing tympanomastoidectomy for chronic otitis media, according to research published online July 9 in The Laryngoscope.

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Independent payment advisory board's future questioned

(HealthDay)—Established as a part of the efforts of Affordable Care Act (ACA) to contain health care costs, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) has been surrounded by controversy, and still has no members, according ...

Health

Fiscal standoff could cause financial pain for health care

(HealthDay)—"Sequestration" is Washington-speak for the approximately $85 billion in annual federal spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011. Those cuts were originally set to take effect on Jan. 1, but ...

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