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Practice Profitability Series

SMA Announces its Practice Profitability Series

Take control of your practice dollars by attending the seminar series:
Improving Practice Profitability:  Dealing with Healthcare Reform and Other Things You Thought You Did Not Need to Worry About”

Southern Medical Association has partnered with Warren Averett and the Jefferson County Medical Society to offer 5 programs focusing on timely topics related to the health and well-being of managing your practice in these tough, economic times.  Join us either in person or via webcast for these important programs.  Ample time has been allocated to answer your questions!  Attend one, or attend them all!

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Senate Approves SGR Fix, ICD-10 and Two-Midnights Delay

In a bipartisan vote of 64-35 Monday evening, the Senate passed the bill which will provide a temporary fix for the 17th time to the Sustainable Growth Rate since its implementation in 1997.

Two other costly and controversial provisions will also be delayed – the implementation of the ICD-10 code set and the two-midnights rule and recovery audits.

Related links:
Modern Healthcare Article
Washington Post Article



Breaking News: House Approves Temporary SGR Fix

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial “two-midnight rule” and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

The last-minute voice vote, arranged under special rules that provided for no amendments and limited debate, needed only a two-thirds majority (290) votes.

The bill still needs approval of the Senate before Congress’ deadline of midnight on Monday, March 31.

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