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New Jersey Surgeons: July 1, 2017 Start of Government Research Study about Coding
7/20/2017
Several years ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a dismantling of the coding system for surgeries. Congress stepped in to block the change, but allowed CMS to study the non-surgical activity that occurs during global periods. That research study began on July 1, 2017, encompassing post-operative encounters only. 
Failing to comply with the new opioid regulations
7/10/2017
Prescription opioids can be powerful tools for managing patients with pain: but when misused, both patients and medical professionals can suffer the consequences. Because of this, the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommends that, in general, opioids should not be considered the first line of treatment for chronic pain. 
Healthy Alternatives to Opioids
7/6/2017
The Opioid epidemic continues to grow and be widely publicized nationally and in NJ because it affects millions of Americans.   The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) calculates that there are more than 62 deaths per day due to prescription opioids. With such staggering effects, physicians are looking for healthy alternatives to their patient’s pain management. Like most medical treatments, both medicinal and non-medicinal ways of pain relief are available.
 
Avoid MU Penalties – and Understand MACRA 2.0
6/26/2017
July 1, 2017 is the deadline for avoiding the 2018 penalty imposed by the federal government’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in its final year. If you were not successful in reporting Meaningful Use in 2016 (the performance year for the 2018 penalty), it’s an opportune time to apply for the hardship. The application takes only minutes to complete and submit. Review the criteria for applicability, noting that, for many, if not most, physicians, category 2.2.d will apply. With only a few days left before the deadline, do not delay.
 
Opioid Pain Management Regulations
6/19/2017
It is no secret that opioid and heroin addiction has become a growing issue throughout the nation. According to a study conducted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, over 2 million Americans had substance abuse issues involving prescription pain relievers. In New Jersey alone, a 16.4% increase in drug overdose deaths was reported by the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
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