by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP)
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) includes the most extensive reform of the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) since it was established in 1984. Signed into law on April 1, 2014, PAMA was intended to introduce market-based pricing to the Medicare CLFS. PAMA was passed after it was discovered by the Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) that Medicare paid significantly more for clinical laboratory tests than commercial payers, and in some cases, Medicaid1.
by HEATHER HANSEN, JD
Twenty years of defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases has made me into a nervous patient. When you see the worst, you look for it. At least I do. That’s why when I was scheduled for a minor elective procedure, I was nervous. I set aside the day, canceling all of my depositions and planning to spend the day on emails and phone calls. My specialist’s office texted me to confirm the procedure date, which was a week away. Then I received an email from her office with the same date, but a different location. This made my med mal antenna go up, but I told myself to chill.
by BRIAN R. DOOLEY
Patients have a lot of choices when it comes to physicians. Making sure your online profile is up to date, complete, and contains these five items will improve the chances that a website visitor will become a patient.
Create a personal connection. Having good rapport with patients is important, and that process starts before patients ever walk in the door.