Healthcare News June 14, 2013

  • Republican-run Arizona expands Medicaid under Obama’s healthcare law

    The policy, supported by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, will extend healthcare coverage to 300,000 low-income patients in Arizona.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Supreme Court rejects patents on human genes

    Private companies cannot own patents on human genes, the Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling Thursday. The case has major implications for the biotechnology industry, and will likely make a popular genetic test much cheaper. The court struck down patents on two genes — known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 — that help predict women’s risk of developing breast cancer. (It’s the same test that prompted Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy.)

    Genes are products of nature and thus can’t be patented, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court. But the justices said synthetic DNA, made in a lab, is eligible for patent protection.

    Striking down the specific patents held by Myriad Genetics will likely make the the BRCA test much cheaper, and it will allow other companies to develop their own diagnostics analyzing the same genes. 

    Healthwatch has the story on Thursday’s ruling.

    OFA plans ObamaCare campaign: Organizing for America plans to start a healthcare campaign next week. OFA Executive Director John Carson said in a memo Thursday that the organization will launch television ads next week highlighting Affordable Care Act benefits that are already in place.

    “Those ads will mark our first foray into Obamacare education that will be ongoing this summer, both highlighting the successes of the law so far and the benefits soon to kick in,” Carson wrote.

    In addition to the TV campaign, he said, the OFA has added more than 800 state-level organizers who will help promote the healthcare law and push for comprehensive immigration reform.

    Issa probes navigators: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) accused the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday of improperly funding a new “assisters” program to help people make sense of new coverage options available under ObamaCare. He said the HHS has improperly tapped funding to help set up insurance exchanges — a move that “intentionally circumvented an explicit federal funding ban in the interest of convenience and political expediency,” Issa said.

  • Issa: HHS improperly funding part of ObamaCare implementation

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) accused the Obama administration on Thursday of disobeying a ban on the use of certain funds to implement part of President Obama’s healthcare law.

    Issa, the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the Health and Human Services Department appears to have “intentionally circumvented an explicit federal funding ban in the interest of convenience and political expediency.”

    He sought more information about how the HHS has funded a program to hire “navigators” to help people understand new coverage options under the healthcare law.

  • Ingenious Med Reports Perfect PQRS Reimbursement Rate in 2012

    Provider of nation’s largest physician rounding platform’s clients see 100-percent reimbursement rate for third straight year 

    ATLANTA. June 11, 2013 – Ingenious Med, the nation’s largestmultispecialty charge capture and physician rounding platform, has announced clients using its Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) registry had a 100-percent reimbursement rate in 2012.

    This is the third consecutive year Ingenious Med’s PQRS clients had a perfect reimbursement rate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

    “We are very proud to once again show that every one of our clients using our PQRS registry received reimbursement from CMS,” said Steven Liu, M.D., executive chairman and founder of Ingenious Med. “Not only are we excited to provide added value for our clients, we’re also proud of the large role we’ve played in this government drive for quality and data.”

    Ranked among the top-10 registries by volume in 2012, Ingenious Med has one of the largest PQRS registries in the country. Moreover, Ingenious Med PQRS registry participants consistently beat the national averages in success rate, reporting rate, and performance rate.

    “As incentives and penalties ramp up over the next couple of years, more medical groups will be obligated to focus on PQRS,” Liu said. “Not participating in PQRS this year means groups will be actively losing money due to the new rules.”

    In addition to the perfect reimbursement rate, Ingenious Med Quality Reporting users tend to have a higher quality rating than the national average, according to 2011 CMS statistics.

    “The landscape of healthcare is changing,” Liu said. “But the record speaks for itself. We’ve earned a reputation for offering innovative solutions for complex issues, and we’re excited to continue down that road to ensure our clients’ practices are successful, whatever may come their way.”

    About Ingenious Med

    Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient and outpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for more than 25,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s physician rounding platform is the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. The mobile and cloud-based, charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy, and ensure compliance. For more information, or call 404-815-0862.

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