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Senate Passes 2.2% Medicare Payment Increase

Posted 6:34 PM by
As anticipated, the Senate passed a six-month Medicare payment fix after it became clear no long-term deal would be struck. This latest bill calls for a 2.2% increase in payments to physicians.
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Upcoming Event - Indiana Medical Group Management Association (IMGMA) 2010 Spring Conference and Vendor Show

Posted 7:37 PM by
Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP will be participating in this year's IMGMA 2010 Spring Conference and Vendor Show, to be held May 12 - 14 at the Bloomington-Monroe County Convention Center in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Electronic Medical Records - Not as Common as You Might Think

Posted 2:06 PM by
A recent Wall Street Journal report indicated that only 10% of the nation's hospitals and 7% of physician practices have full-fledged electronic medical records (EMR).  The article goes on to point out that even among those with some form of EMR, very few actually share that information with other providers.
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More from the Healthcare Reform Bill - New 1099 Requirements: Corporations Not Exempt from Reporting

Posted 2:06 PM by
An interesting bit of the Healthcare Reform Bill received some publicity this week in a Boston.com article. The key news is that corporations will no longer be exempt from 1099 reporting requirements.  This change is effective for transactions beginning January 1, 2012.
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Healthcare IT - Government Stimulus Money Spurring Investment

Posted 8:35 PM by
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earmarked billions of dollars in Medicare bonuses available to hospitals and physicians to encourage spending on healthcare information systems.
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Physician Employment Substitute? - Clinical Lease Physician Compensation Models are Gaining Momentum

Posted 7:23 PM by
As the current wave of physician acquisitions grows, we are seeing some of our clients, both hospitals and physicians, wanting to and entering into clinical lease arrangements as an alternative to direct physician employment.
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Stark Self-Referral Act - Updated by Landmark Healthcare Reform Bill

Posted 1:50 PM by
Our friends at the American Health Lawyer Association have alerted us to three provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act that modify the Stark regulations. Since Stark Compliance is frequently a hot topic, here is a brief summary of the three changes.
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