The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was expected to focus on immigration, however, healthcare was the prevailing theme of the law that was passed on February 9, 2018. Highlights for medical practices include:
Finally, telehealth reimbursement is further expanded, adding telehealth benefits to Medicare Advantage patients, as well as expanding payment opportunities for accountable care organizations (ACOs) for telehealth.
Elizabeth Woodcock is the founder and principal of Woodcock & Associates. She has focused on medical practice operations and revenue cycle management for more than 25 years. She has led educational sessions for a multitude of national professional associations and specialty societies, and consulted for clients as diverse as a solo orthopaedic surgeon in rural Georgia to the Mayo Clinic. She is author or co-author of 17 best-selling practice management books, to include Mastering Patient Flow and The Physician Billing Process: Avoiding Potholes in the Road to Getting Paid. Elizabeth is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, she completed a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a doctoral student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health of Johns Hopkins University.
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