You know the saying, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.

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You know the saying, the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Well, today, April 16, National Healthcare Decision Day comes on the heels of tax day. Organized by the Conversation Project, an offshoot of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, it’s a day designed to highlight the importance of advance planning and to “encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.” According to a 2017 study in Health Affairs, only 36.7% of Americans have an advance directive.

The California Medical Association (CMA) reports: Anthem Blue Cross recently announced changes to its Prudent Buyer Participating Physician Agreement and fee schedule effective July 1, 2019. To read more click here and go to California News.

A new document, titled Electronic Payments on the Medicare Secondary Payer Recovery Portal (MSPRP) and Commercial Repayment Center Portal (CRCP) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, is now available. To read more click here and go to Noridian News.

The top 9 factors MOASC physicians have identified as creating stress, causing burnout, which may impact their ability to practice medicine are: Amount of Work; Amount of time spent with authorizations; Cost of drugs to my patients and to me; Difficulty in finding a new partner or replacement; Difficulty in taking time off; EHR; Mandated policies and/or procedures; Reduced Income; Reduced Reimbursement. To read more click here and go to MOASC News.

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April 16, 2019



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