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The Sentinel: January 2023


Status of 2023 Medicare Payment Rate

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On December 29, 2022, the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023” into law, sparing physicians the 4.5% payment cut to Medicare announced just weeks prior. While the decline wasn’t as bad as projected, it was far from reversed. The section, “Extension of Support fo...

New Year, New Threats- Time to Review Your Cybersecurity Program

Cybersecurity  |  Rana McSpadden, FACMPE

It is a new year, and criminals are consistently coming up with new cyber threats. Now is a perfect time for practices to review and update their cybersecurity programs.  Over the last two years, we have focused on providing cyber articles and resources to assist our policyholders with cybersecurity.&nbs...

QPP Application for Exemption Extended

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The deadline to submit your 2022 Quality Payment Program data is March 3, 2023, at 8 pm EST. If you are required to participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) based on your volume of Medicare payments or patients, submit your data for 2022. For medical practices that do not have sufficient data to subm...

Risk Matters: The Unintended Mistake

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors (WSPEs) continue to occur at an unreasonably high frequency as reflected in our reported claims.  This is especially true for spinal surgeries.  The causes can often be traced back to nonadherence to the Universal Protocol, erroneous site markings, a...

A Case of Retrospective Clarity

Closed Claim Review  |  Jamie Wyatt, JD

There is not a day that goes by without an emergency or some type of accident. These scenarios are what make emergency medicine necessary. The American College of Emergency Physicians defines emergency medicine as “the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of unforeseen illness and ...

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