Government Affairs articles

Kentucky ACO a leader with high performance numbers across the board for both shared savings and quality score.

Calendar year 2014 was a successful year for Kentucky Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare beneficiaries they serve. Eight ACOs have Medicare beneficiaries residing in Kentucky assigned to them, and five of these saved Medicare significant dollars – over $46 million total. Additionally, some of these organizations showed improvements in Quality Metrics that CMS measures

Changes made in two Current Procedural Terminology codes

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2016 Physician Fee Schedule which includes the historic reimbursement for two Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for advance care planning. These codes are effective for use for services provided on or after January 1, 2016. In funding these codes, CMS

Congress looks to reform the Stark Law in 2016

  A compliance officer received an email notification that said it was time to renew the hospital’s electronic health records contract with a large cardiology group. When the contract was pulled from the hospital’s contract database, the compliance officer discovered something that caused her to panic: the hospital’s CEO hadn’t signed the contract before it

Critical Care Survivors Clinic at UK helps ICU patients navigate the confusing and often frustrating matrix of post-discharge follow up care.

  Darrell Raikes waved sleepily to his wife as they wheeled him down to the operating room for a routine knee replacement last May. He woke up in the Critical Care Unit four weeks later. Raikes had an adverse reaction to his anesthesia and began bleeding into his lungs post-operatively. Ashley Montgomery, MD, Raikes’ critical