Physician Referrals

Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital achieves heart valve milestone | 8/29/2020

… achievement,” says Imran N. Ahmad, MD, interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Central DuPage Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. “With the expansion of TAVR to low-risk surgical patients, we have experienced increases in physician referrals for evaluation for this minimally invasive therapy. Our program growth has successfully met this need in a safe and efficient manner. This accomplishment is reflective of the hard work and dedication that we provide …

ArmadaHealth and Gallagher Student Health Partner to Improve Physician Referrals For College Students and Families | PR Newswire | 8/25/2020

HUNT VALLEY, Md. ArmadaHealth® , a leading provider of physician recommendation technology, today announced their partnership with Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk to distribute QualityCare Connect®, ArmadaHealth’s clinical navigation service. Gallagher will offer the solution to its higher education students and their families across the country in need of primary and/or specialty care physicians. QualityCare Connect helps match optimal physicians to the personal preferences and specific medical conditions of students …

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Congress Must Act to Halt Medicare Payment Cuts and Avoid Further Damage to the U.S. Health-Care System | 8/17/2020

… in the early phases of the pandemic, with another 34% reporting declines of 51% to 75%. 5 Sixty-four percent saw fewer patients via direct access visits, and 88% reported a drop-off in physician referrals . COVID-19 AMPLIFIES THE NEED FOR SWIFT CONGRESSIONAL ACTION Health-care professionals across the spectrum are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 emergency as they continue to serve patients during this global …

Implementation of interventions targeting the uptake of genetic testing services for breast cancer risk: protocol for a systematic review | BMJ | 6/29/2020

… lower income and/or in those with an ethnic minority background. 16–18 Besides lack of insurance, main drivers for lower uptake in these segments may be lower awareness about testing options, lack of physician referrals , differential access to cancer genetics experts, testing sites and consulting, as well as language barriers. 16 19 However, it also needs to be noted that a direct comparison of findings is difficult because of …

Physician Liaison | 6/10/2020

… it undoubtedly is becoming increasingly essential in healthcare. What is the role of a physician liaison? Generally, a physician liaison bridges the gap between a doctor or a practice and other medical practitioners through physician referrals . The key is to grow referrals—necessary for patients to see another practitioner or specialist—and, as a result, connect the doctor/practice to the local healthcare community. SEE RELATED : Stark Law Aims to …

Speclst-Customer Service Sr - Indiana University Health - Indianapolis, IN | 4/26/2020

… established policies and procedures, the Senior Specialist facilitates consultations, referrals, admissions and appointments for physicians seeking access to the organization. Facilitation and communication regarding patient transfer calls, referral admissions and critical care transport. Provides physician referrals and facilitates appointment scheduling for consumers seeking care within the organization through a variety of different points of entry. Serves as primary point of contact for the organization marketing activities and performs fulfillment requirements …

Protech Home Medical Announces Continued Business Excellence During COVID-19 Pandemic and Comments on CMS Decision to Remove Non-Invasive Ventilators from Competitive Bidding Program | Globe Newswire | 4/13/2020

… we have seen an uptick in demand for our at-home services. In particular, the expedited initiative by the medical community to free up hospital beds by sending non-critical patients home has accelerated physician referrals in most segments of our business. We are also pleased that the supply chain for our critical equipment continues to remain effective, and we continue to opportunistically build inventory to meet expected increases in …

Corrigendum to “The Effect of a Hydrolyzed Polysaccharide Dietary Supplement on Biomarkers in Adults with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” | 4/7/2020

… 2.1. Subjects The study was conducted with the approval of the University of Miami Institutional Review Board for human subject research (registry name: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov ; registry number: NCT02568787 ). Potential subjects were initially identified from physician referrals , the Medical Wellness Center, and the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where the data were collected. Recruitment began in June 2016 and …

COVID-19 Live Blog: 410 Cases In San Antonio Area; 3rd Resident Dies In Nursing Home Outbreak | 4/6/2020

… are equally chief causes of the spread of the illness. Metro health reports it has tested 775 residents and 82% have turned out negative. In order to increase local testing, the city is dropping physician referrals as a requirement to get a test. 7 p.m. — Mayor Nirenberg issues addendum to “Stay Home Work Safe” order San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an addendum to the “Stay Home Work Safe” order …

Growing Beyond Physician Referrals For Your Medical Practice | Forbes | 4/6/2020

… many practices hire dedicated physician liaisons to build relationships with other practices. Yet these strategies offer no guarantee of success and are often fraught with challenges. Physician Referral Challenges The primary challenge of building physician referrals as a growth strategy is that the process can be time-intensive. Building relationships often takes months or years — leading to a significant time lag until the process can produce revenue for your practice …

Comment on Finding Focus in Dental Sleep Medicine: Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD by Is Sleep Medicine “Essential”? – Elly Mackay | 4/3/2020

… Susan Magre Many people advised Rosemarie Rohatgi, DMD, that a dental sleep medicine-only practice would not succeed. But San Diego Sleep Therapy is now a thriving dental practice in which most patients are physician referrals . General dentists often start with making a few oral appliances “here and there” when opportunity presents itself as a complement to their traditional practices. Far rarer is a dentist who jettisons the safety net …

Conemaugh: ‘We are testing’ | 4/2/2020

A new testing center opening Thursday in Richland Township for suspected coronavirus patients will be a visible sign that there is COVID-19 testing in Johnstown. The drive-up center is not open to the public, but is reserved for those with appointments, physician referrals and prior approval. With social media flaming rumors about lack of local testing, Conemaugh Health System leaders say the Richland site is just a more …

Conemaugh: ‘We are testing’; adding Richland site for doctor referrals, appointments | 4/2/2020

A new testing center opening Thursday in Richland Township for suspected coronavirus patients will be a visible sign that there is COVID-19 testing in Johnstown. The drive-up center is not open to the public, but is reserved for those with appointments, physician referrals and prior approval. With social media flaming rumors about lack of local testing, Conemaugh Health System leaders say the Richland site is just a more …

DOH Testing in Hawaii For COVID-19 Remains Deliberately Narrow | 3/20/2020

… the state in their rate of testing, but Hawaii Department of Health officials say their screening methodology is deliberately narrow to conserve resources. To date, the state has conducted 40 tests based on direct physician referrals for patients who are severely ill. Six of those 40 tests returned positive for COVID-19. In addition, the State Laboratories Division has tested another 124 people randomly, none of whom were found to …

Do SNFs, HHAs and Hospice Providers Need Individual Section 1135 Waivers for COVID-19 Activities? | 3/20/2020

… or relocation of an individual to another location to receive medical screening. Professional Licensing . Requirements that physicians or other health care professionals hold licenses in the state in which they provide services. Stark and Physician Referrals . Sanctions under the Stark rules relating to limitations on physician referrals , as the CMS determines appropriate. Medicare Advantage . Limitations on payments for health care items and services furnished to individuals enrolled in a Medicare …

One St. Louis doctor’s testing ordeal: ‘I am so frustrated’ | 3/19/2020

… statement said. Joe Poelker, a spokesman for Mercy Hospital, said the hospital’s testing hotline is following guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state health department. “We aren’t taking physician referrals ,” he said. “We need patients to call us directly.” Poelker said the current travel screening includes all of Asia, Australia, Europe, and the states of California, Colorado, New York and Washington. But he said …

LIVE BLOG- Coronavirus In Pittsburgh, March 9-15 - 90.5 WESA | 3/17/2020

… will initially be able to test 20 patients a day, but expect to increase that to 100 a day by the end of next week. Beginning on Tuesday, UPMC will start directing patients with physician referrals to UPMC facilities on the South Side to receive the test. Appointments will be required. 9:15 a.m. — Carnegie Museums are closed, too Like many other local institutions, they will be closed for two weeks …

UVM Medical Center begins drive-thru COVID-19 testing for physician referrals | Local 22/44 News | 3/16/2020

Mar 16, 2020 / 07:11 PM EDT / Updated: Mar 17, 2020 / 09:03 AM EDT ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. – The University of Vermont Medical Center has opened a drive-thru testing site for the novel coronavirus on the grounds of the Champlain Valley Exposition. The location will be operated Monday-Friday and will test people who have been referred by a physician or urgent-care clinic. The hospital said the drive-thru will …

Most kids, teens with chronic fatigue syndrome are undiagnosed | 1/31/2020

… job at trying to help people who are affected.” Previous studies of the condition in children and adolescents found a prevalence ranging from 2.7 to 1,900 per 100,000 people. However, many studies relied on physician referrals and therefore excluded those without health care access or did not include a physician examination to confirm the diagnosis, according to the researchers. Researchers called households in the greater Chicago area and interviewed parents …

How to Optimize Patient Enrollment and Recruitment – PM360 | 1/24/2020

… outreach approach built around the patient voice. This includes, at a minimum, broadening your network of patient advocacy communities to 30-40 groups, enhancing social media tactics, creating inbound pre-registration websites, and researching naive physician referrals . However, the feedback from these campaigns will generate value only once it’s collected in an actionable method, analyzed for the purpose of understanding what patients are truly communicating, and then learned in a way …

Lawsuit throws spotlight on physicians’ hospital referrals | 1/17/2020

… in the midst of a huge transformation of how hospitals do business. Over the past decade, hospitals and health systems have been hiring physicians at a rapid clip to provide a steady stream of physician referrals and give them more heft in dealing with insurers and competitors. As of 2018, only 31% of the nation’s physicians were independent, down from 49% in 2012, according to a survey by Merritt Hawkins …

Wound Care Advantage Launches FlightPlan 2.0, the Next Generation of its Innovative Wound Care Referral Platform | PR Newswire | 1/14/2020

… platform two years ago , it revolutionized the way program directors connected with physicians and grew their centers. By adopting this first-of-its-kind, algorithm-based referral program, WCA partners were able to increase physician referrals by 30 percent and patient visits by an incredible 38 percent. Released today, FlightPlan 2.0 provides even more new and exciting tools to program directors seeking growth and new business. Continue Reading Developed by …

With millions of physician referrals up for grabs, partnerships with consumer-centric sites of service matter | 1/14/2020

With millions of physician referrals up for grabs, partnerships with consumer-centric sites of service matter Save XL Print CVS MinuteClinics made 4 million referrals to primary care providers last year, according to a Jan. 18 Modern Healthcare article. If you assume that everyone who received a referral followed up and saw a non-CVS PCP, that’s roughly 1% of the primary care office visits each year, according to a …

3 myths that may be sabotaging your clinical trial enrollment effort | 1/13/2020

… industry-wide surveys of patients, physicians, and clinical trial sponsors, the team identifies pervasive myths, puts them to the test, and arrives at a verdict. So far, the team has busted three myths surrounding physician referrals , health apps, and patient engagement. Individually, each debunked myth provides valuable insight to empower clinical trial sponsors in strategizing their recruitment and engagement efforts. Collectively, they show the importance of questioning tried and true …

DOJ Accuses Community Health Network of Medicare Fraud | RevCycle Intelligence | 1/8/2020

Practice Management News DOJ Accuses Community Health Network of Medicare Fraud The department joined a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Community Health Network committed Medicare fraud by rewarding physician referrals with compensation above fair market value. By January 08, 2020 - The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced on Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Community Health Network following a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the Indianapolis-based health system of violating the …

Community Health

Lawsuit throws spotlight on physicians’ hospital referrals | 1/17/2020

Court docs: Fired Franklin president arranged to meet officer posing as 15-year-old January 15, 2020 The federal government sued Community Health Network on Jan. 7, alleging it engaged in a fraudulent scheme to recruit dozens of physicians and pay them lavishly in return for referrals. Community denies the allegations. (IBJ file photo) It is an unwritten law of American health care: Hospitals live and die by physician referrals

Medicare

DOJ Accuses Community Health Network of Medicare Fraud | RevCycle Intelligence | 1/8/2020

Practice Management News DOJ Accuses Community Health Network of Medicare Fraud The department joined a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that Community Health Network committed Medicare fraud by rewarding physician referrals with compensation above fair market value. By January 08, 2020 - The Department of Justice (DoJ) announced on Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against Community Health Network following a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the Indianapolis-based health system of violating the …

Patient Satisfaction

(USA-TX-Lubbock) Patient Access Rep - JACC | 12/20/2019

… patient satisfaction. Essential Functions: Answer a multi-line phone system in a professional manner and route calls to the appropriate department. Schedule physician appointments to include, follow-up appointments, diagnostic procedures and specialty physician referrals. Accurately update patient demographics in the professional system of record upon arrival on the date of service and assist patients and customers in navigating throughout JACC. Ensure that required/applicable forms and documents are presented …

Medicaid

Boston Heart to pay $26M to resolve kickback allegations | Becker’s Hospital Review | 11/27/2019

Medicaid and Tricare, prosecutors said. The allegations also accuse Boston Heart of directly or indirectly paying processing and handling fees, waiving patient out-of-pocket costs and providing physician practices with in-office dietitians in exchange for physician referrals. The settlement resolves the kickback allegations, as well as allegations that Boston Heart conspired with the Texas hospitals and others to bill government payers for outpatient laboratory testing for patients who …

Diagnostic Tests

To Honor November, Men’s Health Month, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Reminds the Community How Common Male Infertility Is—Present in 40 to 50 Percent of Infertility Cases | PRWeb | 11/26/2019

To Honor November, Men’s Health Month, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Reminds the Community How Common Male Infertility Is—Present in 40 to 50 Percent of Infertility Cases Share Article SGF’s Center for Male Fertility offers patients a unique collaboration as SGF reproductive endocrinologists and reproductive urologists optimize patient outcomes. SGF’s in-house board certified reproductive urologists, Paul Shin, M.D., and Cori Tanrikut, M.D., both named Washingtonian Top Docs in Urology …

Home Health

Meet the 7 remote-monitoring startups that are raising millions to provide a new way of caring for aging Americans at home | Business Insider | 11/2/2019

… management of the patient. The company also evaluates patients to determine their best course of action for care, such as physician referrals, home care options, rehabilitation, living options, palliative care and end of life care … in multiple sectors of care outside of the hospital, like home health, hospice and rehabilitation.” ClearSky raised $77.7 million before it was acquired, and Nudd declined to discuss the financial details of the acquisition. Featured …

Home Care

Meet the 7 remote-monitoring startups that are raising millions to provide a new way of caring for aging Americans at home | Business Insider | 11/2/2019

… devices, smarter wearable devices, more effective home monitoring systems that track behavioral habits, and easier methods to have in-person home care when needed. Click here for more BI Prime stories. The US population is … determine their best course of action for care, such as physician referrals, home care options, rehabilitation, living options, palliative care and end of life care needs. HealthSense also provides recommendations for home safety and improvements …

Electronic Health Records

HHS’s Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care – Part 3: CMS Proposes Expansive Set of Changes to Stark Regulations | 10/31/2019

… the form of cybersecurity technology and related services, and CMS proposes a number of modifications to the existing exception for electronic health records (“EHRs”). The remaining two-thirds of CMS’s proposed changes address a variety … permit entities to require employed or contracted physicians to direct physician referrals to a particular provider, practitioner, or supplier. The preamble language states broadly that the special rule is not applicable to value-based arrangements …

Stark Law

HHS’s Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care – Part 3: CMS Proposes Expansive Set of Changes to Stark Regulations | 10/31/2019

… Statute (“AKS”), the civil monetary penalties (“CMP”) law, and the federal physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”). Unless an extension is granted, public comments must be delivered to the agencies … permit entities to require employed or contracted physicians to direct physician referrals to a particular provider, practitioner, or supplier. The preamble language states broadly that the special rule is not applicable to value-based arrangements …

Telehealth

Teladoc launches physician-led, comprehensive virtual care center | Becker’s Hospital Review | 10/25/2019

physician referrals into the individual’s preferred health plan and center of excellence networks. More articles on telehealth

Home Health Care

Illinois' home health care industry rife with fraud, tainted by unscrupulous physicians - Chicago Tribune | 12/14/2017

… medical regulation has been so lax even the most desperate of doctors can find financial reward. Koroma took refuge in home health care, a lucrative and growing industry rife with fraud and tainted by unscrupulous … few checks and balances. Unlike most branches of medicine where physician referrals are necessary to qualify for insurance coverage, Medicare allows home health agencies to recruit patients before they are certified for care. In Chicago …

Patient Billing

Illinois' home health care industry rife with fraud, tainted by unscrupulous physicians - Chicago Tribune | 12/14/2017

… submit fraudulent bills to Medicare — and profits flow. There are few checks and balances. Unlike most branches of medicine where physician referrals are necessary to qualify for insurance coverage, Medicare allows home health agencies to … claims, federal officials in 2016 ordered Illinois companies to justify patient billings before claims were submitted. Officials planned to expand the program to Florida in March this year, then the nation. The Illinois HomeCare & Hospice …

Nurse Staffing

Illinois' home health care industry rife with fraud, tainted by unscrupulous physicians - Chicago Tribune | 12/14/2017

… submit fraudulent bills to Medicare — and profits flow. There are few checks and balances. Unlike most branches of medicine where physician referrals are necessary to qualify for insurance coverage, Medicare allows home health agencies to … licenses as of September this year , including agencies that provide nurse staffing, housekeepers or personal aides. But physician-staffing companies are exempt from the state licensing process — and from even minimal oversight such as unannounced …