Monthly Archives: February 2011

HIPAA & HITECH: Tough and Getting Tougher

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) held its 2011 conference last week in Orlando. The presentations and panels featuring policymakers from Washington D.C. are always a big draw at a HIMSS conference and this year was no exception. … Continue reading

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Drug Shortages Cause Problems for Docs

Last weekend the Chicago Tribune took a look at a problem I have been hearing about anecdotally for the last several weeks related to drug shortages at hospitals around Chicagoland and the rest of the country. According to the Tribune … Continue reading

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Heads Up: Medicare Fraud Strike Coming To Chicago

Yesterday the joint U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of HHS Medicare Fraud Strike arrested 111 people in 9 cities across the country on charges of submitting false bills. Those arrested included doctors, nurses, health care company owners and … Continue reading

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Social Media: Let’s Be Careful Out There

Renal Business Today has a blurb on a study featured recently in JAMA of physician use of Twitter that concludes more accountability and guidance are needed for physicians if the profession is to make more constructive use of social media. … Continue reading

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Another Acronym, Another Headache

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Obamacare is a topic that Doctor Parking Only will continue to discuss as Congress and the Administration debate whether that law should be implemented as enacted or scrapped entirely.  PPACA has … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again

President Obama submits his fiscal year 2012 budget to Congress today.  Early reports indicate that it will include a proposal to include $62 billion for payments to physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries, a so called “Doc Fix”.   These funds would … Continue reading

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Vote Your Conscience

          It’s not a blog without an occasional survey.  So on this busy Friday, we here at Doctor Parking Only have not only a survey but a sort of Rorschach test for our readers.  Today we … Continue reading

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