Author: Jacob Hunt

Nonprofit NPower Offers Free Training Classes to Veterans

Nonprofit NPower Offers Free Training Classes to Veterans In what has been an unfortunate paradox for decades, many members of the United States armed forces often struggle to settle into a new career once they leave the services.  This can be attributed to a number of factors: struggling to re-acclimate to civilian life after deployments, having no college degree or having unfinished degrees due to enlistment following high school, finding a career path that aligns with an individual’s strengths in a non-military setting, and many others.  This struggle to settle into new careers is partially to blame for the...

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Georgia Bill Would Allow Public Hospitals To Seize Tax Refunds For Payment

Georgia Bill Would Allow Public Hospitals To Seize Tax Refunds For Payment Rising medical costs are a problem affecting people all across the nation, with millions struggling to make ends meet and still be able to pay their medical bills.  Though only one of many reasons for such a problem, hospital bills can often contain errors, sometimes even purposely to make up for other losses.  However, hospitals can struggle to pay their bills, too.  Many rural hospitals especially, due to rising medical and health insurance costs, are struggling mightily to keep their doors open.  It is precisely these types...

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Lyft & Allscripts Partner Up

Lyft & Allscripts Partner Up The popularity once enjoyed by cabs in big cities has within the past few years largely been overtaken by Uber and Lyft – the new age ride sharing companies whose independent contractor drivers can now be found virtually all over the United States.  As the idea behind Uber and Lyft has gained in popularity, so too have ideas stemming off of them.  As USA Today reported on Monday, March 5, 2018, Lyft is partnering with Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc., one of the nation’s leading electronic health records companies, in an effort to help arrange...

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OIG to Begin Telehealth Audits

OIG to Begin Telehealth Audits In November 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) announced that it plans to begin audits of telehealth services that receive Medicaid payments, and such audits have been added to the OIG Work Plan. The purpose of the audits is to ensure that Medicaid payments for services delivered through telecommunication systems comply with Medicaid’s requirements, which is important to stay on top of as the telehealth industry continues to grow and expand. These audits will apply to distant site claims for telehealth services, and not the...

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HHS On track to Allow Sharing of Patient Data With Pharmacists

HHS On Track to Allow Sharing of Patient Data With Pharmacists By advisory opinion issued on December 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has announced that some pharmacists will now be given access to patient discharge data as part of a new pilot program designed to combat readmission rates and to create more effective post-discharge care plans for patients. Under the pilot program, drug manufacturers (who have to meet specified requirements to participate) would each work with a trade association, a Medicare Advantage plan and a hospital system. Pharmacists employed...

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