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IPPS Final Rule: Major Changes Coming

EDITOR’S NOTE: CMS has published the Fiscal Year 2023 (Oct 1, 2022) final rules for Medicare payments.  The major rule is, of course, the inpatient hospital prospective payment system (PPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS rule. The final rule, as reported by Stanley Nachimson, contains several payment and quality program changes that

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Monkeypox Facts and Fiction

Monkeypox was largely unknown outside of the medical community—and the tropical African countries originally affected—before the recent global outbreak, with cases known in 70 countries. Coming into focus after years of the COVID pandemic, the disease has garnered no small amount of controversy and misinformation. A refresher of the facts

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When a Holding Pattern Holds You Back

I don’t need to tell you that hospitals are struggling. You know that. The seemingly never-ending parade of COVID variants has meant that the patients who avoided in-person tests, screenings, necessary medical procedures, and visits have not returned in the droves we’d all hoped for. Add to that the Proposed

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Promising Advances in COPD Treatment

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third most common cause of death by disease in the United States and one of the costliest diseases to treat, with no cure at present. More than 300 million people worldwide suffer from COPD. Current and former smokers, especially the older segments of

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NPOS and the Supply Chain

MedLearn’s dedication to fighting non-patient outcome spending (NPOS) has traditionally focused on billing and compliance. Among the many pits into which NPOS money falls—staffing, inventory, technology, legislative, and the aforementioned billing and compliance—none are entirely unrelated to the others. Inventory overlaps with staffing. Legislation impacts compliance. Technology affects everything. As

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A Look at Subject Matter Expert Laurie Johnson

For the last 30-plus years, MedLearn has earned and maintained a reputation for reliability in the mercurial and unpredictable world of coding and compliance. In our mission to cut Non-Patient Outcome Spending (NPOS), we’ve sought out the top experts in the medical coding realm. With each of our books and

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Contrast Shortage Hits Radiology

Radiology is currently suffering from an unprecedented global shortage of iodinated contrast media. With the situation “outside the immediate control of the U.S. government,” the American College of Radiology’s (ACR) Government Relations branch has outreached to collaborate on mitigation strategies and flexibilities during this contrast shortage crisis. The contrast shortage

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Challenges and Solutions in Supply-Chain Management

VueMed has been in the medical supply-chain game for a few years shy of two decades. MedLearn spoke to co-founder Lana Makhanik, to learn how she sees the industry developing as new technologies and new obstacles emerge. Jason Henninger: You and Arnold Chazal began the company in 2005. What needs

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The Changing World of Telehealth

Telehealth is growing in RT, and so are audits and Non-Patient Outcome Spending. The ongoing (for now, anyhow) Public Health Emergency significantly expanded the role of telehealth. How many of current telehealth practices will remain after the emergency ends remains to be seen, but a few things are certain: telehealth

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