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The Sentinel: May 2022


New Guidelines for Insurance Payments Benefit Physicians

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

VCC may sound like new college basketball conference, but it’s actually a term that could be adversely affecting your practice’s revenue without your knowledge. Moreover, there’s now something you can do about it. First, let’s define the term. The acronym, VCC, stands for “virtu...

Tracking Referrals & Consultations

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

A frequently asked question when referrals are made is, “What is my duty as the referring physician to ensure that the patient keeps his/her appointment with the consultant?”  Many physicians do a good job of tracking labs and diagnostic tests, but they do not think about tracking appointment...

Clarifying Communication

Closed Claim Review  |  J. Baugh, JD, CPA

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw A recurring theme in SVMIC newsletters, seminars, etc. is the importance of effective communication.  The emphasis is often centered around communicating with patients, but th...

Intersections of the ONC Information Blocking Rule and the HIPAA Privacy Rule May Create Overlapping Obligations

Cybersecurity  |  Justin Joy, JD, CIPP

Health Information Accessibility, Interoperability, and Information Blocking While there were likely earlier efforts, the policy of increasing health information exchangeability and system interoperability was stated over 25 years ago in the enactment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Ac...

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