The Changing Landscape of Healthcare Reimbursement in 2012
“As the projection for 2012 forecasts an unprecedented increase in patient population, physicians will have a hard time balancing their time resources between quality medical care and adhering to imposing compliance regimen promulgated by the Federal Healthcare Reforms. Therefore, it becomes crucial that practitioners seek strategic alliance with medical billing advisories that can ease their burden off the compliance regimen, and help elevate their quality of medical service.”
While the dawn of a new year brings forth a renewed optimism about offering enhanced quality medical care and accelerated revenue generation, there also seems to be an undercurrent of apprehensions about complying with the ensuing medical reforms that are going to be effective very soon – the Affordable Care Organization Concept, the undecided fate of Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix, the mandatory transition to exhaustive ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010 medical coding and reporting compliance, and the last but not the least, the revised ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage), Form CMS-R-131.
The imminent weight of these factors is sure going to press all the stakeholders – physicians, medical billing companies, and medical billing software providers – for realigning their resources and competencies to address the change-scenario prompted by these radical reforms.
Foremost, as the CMS (Centre for Medicare Services) has made it obligatory that physicians form suitable cartels among themselves to be eligible for incentives from savings out of Affordable Care Organization concept, a considerable time and resource is going to be spent on arriving at judicious decision on joining the cartel that best suits the concerned practitioners’ business model.
Though, CMS has given an extra leeway of 90 days more for complying with HIPAA 5010, the obligation to report all Medicare related transactions still remains unchanged. As the ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010 are soon going to be effective, physicians will require upgrading their clinical and operational management, and outsourcing those medical billing companies’ services that have a proactive outlook to embrace newer practices through logistically formed alliances with medical billing and EHR software manufacturers.
Although, with the postponement of SGR fix, physicians have been given a breather, yet, they cannot take it for granted as the threat of cumulatively accumulated figure (of about 25%) always looms large. Therefore, while being assured of 2% hike annually, they need to be vigilant about their operational and capital expenditure, and be prepared for any eventuality.
Adding to the imminent list is the use of the revised ABN form (Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage), which is going to be mandatory starting January 1, 2012. And failure to upgrade to this revised form of for disclosure beneficiary notice of non-coverage) will eventually invite hurdles while being audited.
As the projection for 2012 forecasts an unprecedented increase in patient population, physicians will have a hard time balancing their time resources between quality medical care and adhering to imposing compliance regimen promulgated by the Federal Healthcare Reforms. Therefore, it becomes crucial that practitioners seek strategic alliance with medical billing advisories that can ease their burden off the compliance regimen, and help elevate their quality of medical service.
Medicalbillersandcoders.com (www.medicalbillersandcoders.com) – whose credentials have, time and again, come to the fore in successfully aiding physicians comply by healthcare regulations – should be your preferential alliance partner for complying by the imminent healthcare reforms. Our close association with Medicare and Medicaid, leading private insurance carriers, Federal Healthcare Agencies, and leading technology providers lends us the requisite edge in addressing and solving physicians’ apprehensions.