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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Is Health Plan Identifier (HPID) required for Self-Funded Medical Plan?

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS

Some time ago, we were asked by a reader, “Is an employer self-funded medical plan required to have a Health Plan Identifier (HPID)?” We thought this general information might be helpful. Please remember this information and blog is NOT LEGAL ADVICE, and you should consult with your own attorney. The inquirer correctly notes that the… Continue Reading

U.S. SUPREME COURT SETS STANDARDS FOR LICENSING BOARD ANTITRUST IMMUNITY

Posted in Iowa Board of Medicine

Licensing Boards with a majority of members actively practicing in the regulated profession are vulnerable under the antitrust laws. North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Supreme Court No. 13-534 (decided February 25, 2015). Iowa health professional licensing boards, by law, are comprised of a majority of actively practicing licensed… Continue Reading

SENATE PASSES H.R. 2, IMMEDIATELY REPEALING THE SGR, EXTENDING 1.0 WORK FLOOR GPCI

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Healthcare costs, MACRA - Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

The Senate passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), on a vote of 92-8. Iowa’s Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley voted in favor of the bill. The Senate considered amendments to the bill as passed by the House, but none were adopted. The H.R. 2 now goes to the President… Continue Reading

Bipartisan House Vote to Repeal SGR – 0.5% Physician Annual Increase

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Healthcare costs, ICD-10

BIPARTISAN HOUSE VOTE TO REPEAL THE SGR – 0.5% PHYSICIAN INCREASE EACH YEAR THROUGH 2019 — EXTENSION OF THE 1.0 WORK GPCI FLOOR THROUGH 2017 – NO ICD-10 DELAY Senate to Vote When It Returns – CMS Issues Payment Advisory The House of Representatives took what the House of Medicine rightfully can call a historic… Continue Reading

IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE ADOPTS FINAL TELEMEDICINE RULE EFFECTIVE JUNE 3, 2015

Posted in HIPAA, Iowa Board of Medicine, Iowa Medical Society, Telemedicine

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM), at its April 3, 2015 meeting, approved a final rule setting forth disciplinary standards applicable to physicians who use telemedicine in diagnosing and treating patients located in Iowa. That rule also includes standards and prohibitions that all physician licensees must comply with in providing patient care whether by telemedicine… Continue Reading

BIPARTISAN HOUSE VOTE TO REPEAL THE SGR

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Healthcare costs, ICD-10

.05% PHYSICIAN INCREASE EACH YEAR THROUGH 2019 EXTENSION OF THE 1.0 WORK GPCI FLOOR THROUGH 2017 NO ICD-10 DELAY Senate to Vote When It Returns – CMS Issues Payment Advisory The House of Representatives took what the House of Medicine rightfully can call a historic vote late in the evening of March 26 to really,… Continue Reading