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News about Altus, AltusLearn, and the greater medical education industry

Navigating ICD-10

  Sep 21st, 2015   -     News   -  

Whether or not you perform your own diagnosis and procedure coding, you are likely to have been exposed to the controversy surrounding ICD – 10. Physicians characterize it by the five times more diagnosis codes, nineteen times more procedure codes, the high level of specificity, and the unusual “new” codes.

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What is the Best PQRS Reporting Method?

  Sep 19th, 2015   -     News   -  

Over half of eligible providers didn’t file PQRS data in 2013, most saying it was too difficult to do and not worth their time. However, Medicare has significantly increased penalties in 2015, meaning that most eligible providers will lose an estimated $18,000 in reimbursements on average in 2017. Few practices can afford not to file this year.

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Who is an Eligible Provider? An Easy Penalty to Avoid

  Sep 14th, 2015   -     News   -  

Do you know without a doubt exactly who all of your PQRS Eligible Providers (EPs) are? Would you be willing to bet $18,000 per provider on it? For a practice of five physician and five non-physician EPs (Pas, NPs, PTs, RDs, etc.) an innocent misunderstanding could mean a $180,000 stroke against the entire practice.

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Motivate Your Employees to Meet Education Requirements

  Sep 10th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

We spend a lot of time talking with medical facility managers about how tough it is to keep a staff current on their facility’s compliance and continuing education (CE) requirements. Can you recognize these three common roadblocks to compliance?

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How to Avoid PQRS and Value Based Modifier Penalties

  Sep 3rd, 2015   -     News   -  

Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is significantly impacting practices’ finances two ways in 2015 and beyond. Practices of all sizes can easily file PQRS quality measures to both avoid penalties and qualify for maximum incentive payments. Here’s what you need to know now to protect your reimbursements.

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Racial Bias in Healthcare?

  Aug 27th, 2015   -     News   -  

In the Aug. 11th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) an article entitled “Racial Bias in Health Care and Health Challenges and Opportunities” appeared. The article was co-authored by The Joint Commission’s medical director, Ronald Wyatt, MD, and David R. Williams, PhD. The article calls for “immediate action to address racial bias throughout the health care system.”

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The Benefits of MRSO / MRMD Training and Credentialing

  Aug 20th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

Between the years 2000 and 2013, MRI utilization increased 114%(IMV Medical Information Division data). In that same time period, the number of MR safety incidents reported to the FDA increased 487% (FDA MAUDE database data). As a note, it is estimated than less than 20% of MR safety incidents are actually reported to the FDA. In 2002, the year after the death of 6 year old Michael Colombini in an MR accident…

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Free Webinar: MRI Safety Understanding and Eliminating Risk at Your Facility

  Aug 13th, 2015   -     MRI Safety, News   -  

AltusCampus would like to thank all the great healthcare professionals for your continued support because without it AltusCampus would not be the continuing education marketplace it is today.

With that said, we are proud to offer a Free “MRI Safety: Understanding and Eliminating Risk at Your Facility” webinar for 1 Category A CEU credit…

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Succeeding and Failing with XR29 Standard

  Aug 6th, 2015   -     News   -  

The new joint commission standards for CT went into effect July 1. The new requirements will put a substantial strain on radiology departments. Healthcare facilities across the country are either replacing equipment or updating equipment to bring it up to the new standard.

Dr. Myron Pozniak, a professor of radiology at the University of Wisconsin and his group conducted a survey of 106 healthcare facilities that provide CT regarding their readiness to meet the new standards…

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Evaluating Risk of Repeated Gadolinium Use

  Jul 30th, 2015   -     News, Radiation   -  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating the risk of gadolinium based contrast agents (GBCAs) leaving brain deposits with repeated use. GBCAs are used to help detect abnormalities in organs, tissues and blood vessels in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Recent studies and publications have reported deposits remain in the brain of patients that have received four or more MRI scans using GBCAs years after receiving the last dose…

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