Weekly Practice Management DigestWelcome to PracticeSuite’s weekly Practice Management digest – a round up of the most useful industry news we’ve run across in the past week.
Momentum for telemedicine continues to build – Fierce Health IT
As part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law last week by President Obama, service members transitioning into civilian life are eligible to receive 180 days of health insurance coverage for services provided through telehealth. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) pushed for the bill, specifically citing its importance in helping service members receive treatment for Post Traumatic Stress.
“All too often, symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress do not appear until eight to 10 months after deployment,” Thompson said. “This reform will help those who serve our country transition to civilian life without the burden or fear of losing access to critical services at a time when they are needed most.”
For Healthcare.gov, the Clock’s Ticking – Fox Business
The IT company was recently named the new contractor tasked with fixing the website, ousting former contractor CGI to the tune of $91 million. In a recently-published contract document, the Department of Health and Human Services wants Accenture to fix healthcare.gov’s back-end technology issues by mid-March, weeks before the end of open enrollment on April 1.
The website still lacks back-end mechanisms for insurance companies to receive payment from the government for subsidies and cost-sharing health plans along with a way to deliver 834 forms to insurers. That form is critical since it details enrollee information to insurance companies, without it, they don’t know who is seeking coverage.

ICD-10 won’t be so bad, says expert – Government Health IT
Nichols says ICD-10 specificity reflects medical concepts used by physicians now. ICD-10 coding requires those concepts are documented.
“I know when I go in to see my physician now, I want to make sure that the information that I think is important ends up in my record, so that the next person I see or the person I get referred to has that information and I don’t have to repeat it or they don’t have to remember it. ”
Former Apple CEO backs virtual doctor’s office to create the ‘consumer era’ of medicine – Venture Beat
The rise of telemedicine — connecting doctors and patients via a secure video line — is a field investors perceive as one of the hottest opportunities in health care. It’s one of the few areas in the sector that has garnered widespread support across the U.S. as a potential means to lower health costs.

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Last Updated on January 26, 2014