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HomeTown Health's Business Partner, Quadax, Equips Providers for Newly Established Medicaid RAC Audits
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 30, 2011
On September 16, 2011, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the Final Rule to establish the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC)program. HomeTown Health’s new Medicares RAC program is serving as the template for this new initiative, estimated to save taxpayers $2.1 billion over five years, with $900 million being returned to states.
Adding to the alphabet soup of audits faced by hospitals and other healthcare providers, the Medicaid RAC initiative will increase the burden on healthcare providers to defend their reimbursement by producing documentation within restricted timeframes.
The Audit ControlX suite of services from Quadax equips healthcare providers to handle every type of audit with which they are presented. Multiple audits, one Audit ControlX system. Within the Audit ControlX suite are components that may be used individually or in combination to meet the specific needs of any healthcare organization, including a hosted application for audit case management, hands-on appeals management by an experienced staff, enhanced claim editing for RAC-specific issues, and data mining for risk evaluation.
Axis is the powerful and flexible application for managing every challenge to a providers reimbursement. Axis is the perfect complement to Xpeditor, Quadaxs electronic transaction management engine, as Axis will draw on Xpeditor to pull the historical claim and remittance data required for defense or appeal, workflow each case as appropriate and flag with important dates so that deadlines are not missed. Comprehensive reporting has value for every level of the organization, and generates AHA RACTrac Survey data for submission to the American Hospital Association.
The appeals functionality of Axis also complements Xpeditors Denial ManagementX Workflow module, permitting appeal letters based on a providers custom templates to be generated in order to recover dollars inappropriately denied by any payer.
Xpeditor, engineered by Quadax, is the browser-based system available for either an Enterprise on-site installation, or hosted by Quadax (SaaS). At its heart is a powerful, user-friendly transaction management system for claims, with Xtensions for Remittance ManagementX, Denial ManagementX, and management of other HIPAA-standard transactions, plus Audit ControlX. Innovative strategies and superior technology are evident throughout the Xpeditor Xtensions system; unparalleled relational service rounds out the Quadax EDI experience, assisting providers to achieve excellence in the healthcare business office.
Since Quadax became a HomeTown Health business partner in October of 2009, approximately 20 member hospitals have put their confidence in Quadax to take their business office to the next level. One of those is Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville. Deana Floyd, Director of Patient Financial Services at Taylor Regional Hospital, sees firsthand the value of that relational service, saying In over 20 years in healthcare Ive never seen a company provide as much training and education as Quadax. Its really nice to see that you continue to come on-site until all of our billers and management feel completely comfortable with the product.
The Quadax mission, to improve the financial performance of organizations in the healthcare industry by creating efficiencies in their revenue cycle with innovative strategies, products, and services built on superior technologies, and by delivering relational service with integrity and dedication, fully supports the HomeTown Health mission to pursue ways to help its members survive in this environment of constant change in reimbursement, operations and technology. Together, HomeTown Health and business partner Quadax are making a difference in the viability of rural healthcare in the state of Georgia.
HomeTown Health, LLC is an organization of rural and small hospitals, located throughout the state of Georgia, who collectively pursue ways to help these hospitals survive in this environment of tremendous budget cuts from the state and federal level. What began as a handful of community hospitals eleven years ago, has now grown into an organization of 55 hospital members and over 50 business partners.
Visit http://www.hometownhealthonline.com or http://www.quadax.com/ for more information.
Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance can mean a couple different things to different people. To some it means having the type of plan that covers all the bells and whistles without having to worry about having a large out of pocket expense, other than your monthly premiums of course.
But it could also mean the Illinois comprehensive health insurance plan, or ICHIP, which is a government supported program that offers health insurance to individuals in Illinois who would normally not qualify for private insurance due to health conditions. Additionally, this program provides an alternative to being without healthcare. Right now, ICHIP covers things such as ambulance services, hospice stays, hospitalization and even preventative care like lab diagnostics. Currently, prescription drugs are not covered completely by the program. However, the plan does cover 80% of prescription charges, leaving you with a very agreeable 20% copayment. The maximum copayment that you are allowed to make on prescription drugs is $100 and, thankfully, this applies to the $2500 maximum that you are expected to pay for your prescriptions.
There are three different plans to choose from based on your situation, but the deductible for all of them begins at $500 and goes all the way up to $5000. The three different plans are broken down into two different pools, the first being “Section 7 Pool” and the second being “Section 15 Pool”.
The Section 7 Pool contains two different plans that are available to eligible persons who qualify under the Section 7 Pool: the Medicare Plan which is plan 2 and the Traditional Plan which is plan 3. Under section 7 there is a 6 month wait on all preexisting conditions.
The Medicare Plan #2 is the only plan that will accept you if you are already enrolled in Parts A and B of Medicare due to a disability or end-stage renal disease. This is typically for people under the age of 65 who qualify. Upon your 65 birthday you will want to switch over to a regular Medicare Supplement type plan of your choice.
The Traditional Plan #3 is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and would be the right plan for those having been rejected by a private health insurance company due to a preexisting condition. You can also be accepted for plan #3 if you have an individual policy that has become significantly more expensive than the premium you would be paying for under plan #3.
The Section 15 Pool is a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and is typically for those individuals coming off a group health insurance plan and who have credible coverage. If your prior employer sponsored group plan had 20 or more employees you are required to exhaust COBRA benefits first before being eligible for this plan.
The Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan (ICHIP) is perfect for people whose medical issues are preventing them from receiving insurance coverage. It is a little more expensive than a private health insurance plan but it gives you a security blanket of coverage should your condition worsen. So it is imperative to get some good advice from an agent that specializes in health insurance and has a lot of different companies that they represent. Not every carrier will necessarily treat your condition the same and decline to offer you coverage. Take sleep apnea for example. Most every single carrier will decline to offer coverage if you have this condition, but there is a carrier in Illinois that would accept this condition with no problems. That is why it is very important to speak to someone who has plenty of experience in health insurance.
PLATTSBURGH — Condo Pharmacy has installed the ScriptPro’s SP Central Pharmacy Management System. This system incorporates robotic dispensing within a flexible and efficient workflow system that includes script scanning, IVR, telepharmacy, point-of-sale, mobile dispensing and electronic signature capture.
The system has many safety features that ensure accurate medication dispensing.
“As a pharmacist, your patients rely on you for advice about their medications,” said supervising pharmacist Jean Moore. “A time crunch can be a real threat to your ability to provide the healthcare services they need and want. ScriptPro’s system helps pharmacies like Condo Pharmacy to solve the problems they face every day in busy and complex practice settings.”
The SP 200 is robotic dispensing system that performs the time-consuming and tedious tasks of counting pills, filling vials and labeling prescriptions using advanced robotic technology. with ScriptPro automation, pharmacists have more time to answer questions and counsel their patients.
The pharmacist makes the final check for accuracy, comparing the pills in the vial with a computer screen image of the drug. the ScriptPro robot stocks up to 200 of the pharmacy’s fastest-moving medications and fills up to 150 prescriptions each hour.
For more information about Condo Pharmacy, contact Steve Moore at 563-3400 or visit condop harmacy.com.
Candy buy Back
PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Smiles and Dr. Athena Graves will be sponsoring a Halloween Candy buy back program from Nov. 1 to 3 and again on Nov. 7.
Children will receive $1 for every pound of candy they bring in and also a glowing toothbrush. Additionally, Graves will donate an equal amount of money to the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, Vt. All candy received will be donated to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. call 324-2273 for more information.
LAKE PLACID — Inphorm & Adworkshop will kick off National Employee Ownership Month this October with a business-after-hours reception for the community, food drive, corporate challenge and ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) awareness event.
Inphorm & Adworkshop celebrate their four-year ESOP anniversary this year and invite the regional business community to the Essex County Business Council’s After Hours Social at their offices in the Cold Brook Plaza at 44 Hadjis way in Lake Placid on Oct. 13.
The evening’s festivities kick off at 5:30 with door prizes, a raffle, hors d’oeurves featuring ingredients from local farms such as Clovermead, Edgley, Essex, Cornell-Uihlein and Conroy’s as well as various beverages including wine and locally made beer from the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. This Lake Placid business event is an opportunity to learn more about this New York digital marketing agency, as well as meet Adworkshop’s employee-owners and neighborhood businesses. Guests who bring a non-perishable food item will be entered to win a 32GB iPod Touch. Adworkshop will match all food donations.
Additionally, Adworkshop will participate in ESOP education and awareness activities including a month-long food drive to benefit the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s team-building Corporate Challenge, as well as internal activities.
LAKE PLACID — the Adirondack Region, the Mirror Lake Inn and the Village of Lake Placid received national broadcast coverage recently as top destinations for fall travel, positioning the region as a leading tourism destination. In two separate morning-show segments hosted by Travel + Leisure editors, the region was highlighted as one of the nation’s best destinations in the country during the fall season.
NBC’s Today show featured the Mirror Lake Inn in its “Great Getaway Rates for Fall” segment on Sept. 29. the segment, which featured the inn first, also highlighted the Village of Lake Placid and noted the “primo” fall foliage of the Adirondacks. the online video of the segment featured a photograph of Mirror Lake with the title “This Fall, Visit Peaceful Lake Placid and More,” showing the area’s prominence over the other destinations featured in the segment.
On Oct. 1, CBS News featured the Adirondack region in a segment called “When and Where to See the best Fall Foliage.” the region was highlighted as a top destination and was, again, showcased before any other areas in the country. the Lake Placid Flaming Leaves Festival and the Mirror Lake Inn were also mentioned in the segment.
PLATTSBURGH — H&R Block and American Legion Post 20 will co-host the North Country Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer.
The chamber invites area business people to the event on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at H&R Block, 79 Hammond Lane, Plattsburgh.
Participants will enjoy hors d’oeuvres catered by American Legion Post 20 and a cash bar and will have the opportunity to connect with friends and make new business contacts. Business cards will be entered to win door prizes including two Dell 18-inch flat-screen monitors, a $190 value each, two $75 gift certificates to be used towards tax preparation at H&R Block, other gift certificates, wine from local wineries and more.
Business After Hours is an opportunity to expand your business network and is open to all chamber members and their employees. Future members are encouraged to contact the chamber for a special-guest pass. the fee for Business After Hours is $3 with an advance reservation and $4 without. For more information, or to make reservations, call the chamber at 563-1000.
PLATTSBURGH — a wide variety of small and home-based businesses will be selling their goods and networking with North Country residents on Oct. 15 and 16 at Peck’s Rainbow Banquet Hall in Altona.
With today’s difficult economy, it’s small businesses that have made it possible for many to remain in upstate New York. the local farmer’s markets are a wonderful place for certain groups to sell their goods, but it doesn’t work for everyone.
JL & Sons has been hosting the Altona Outdoors Show for a couple of years now, and many vendors have had to be turned away because they didn’t fit the theme of an outdoors show. So for this fall, the North Country Small Biz Show was created for any small business to have a place to sell and network at reasonable rates. This show has a vendor who sells small campers for ice fishing, contractors, artists, party vendors like Pampered Chef and Scentsy, a meat-processing vendor, a vacuum-repair business and crafts.
This is the first year for this show with approximately 40 vendors. Anyone who would like to participate in future shows should visit the JL & Son’s website at altonashows.com or call 236-4934.
ALBANY — the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has released its 2011-2012 Health Insurance Plan Rankings, and several CDPHP health plans have again placed among the top health plans in New York state. CDPHP is a physician-founded HMO that serves Essex County.
“Our efforts and initiatives to improve the delivery of high-quality care and a commitment to exceptional customer service for our members continue to be evident, and our position as an industry leader is clear,” said Dr. John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO.
Among the top accomplishments:
▶ CDPHP Select Plan (Medicaid) is the top-ranked plan in New York state, and no. 5 nationally, according to NCQA’s Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-2012.
▶ CDPHP Medicare Choices HMO remains ranked no. 2 in New York state and no. 16 nationally, according to NCQA’s Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-2012.
▶ CDPHP HMO was ranked no. 2 in New York State and no. 22 nationally, and CDPHN HMO/POS was ranked no. 3 in New York state and no. 27 nationally, according to NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-2012.
In addition, CDPHP Universal Benefits Inc. PPO is the no. 6 PPO plan in the nation, ranked no. 40 nationally among private health plans, and CDPHN PPO is the no. 7 PPO plan in the nation, ranked no. 45 nationally among private health plans, according to NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings, 2011-2012.
“As a not-for-profit health plan, we are dedicated to develop and implement innovative programs and services for our members, employers and providers to add value and promote comprehensive health-promotion programs and wellness, manage disease and improve the coordination and quality of care, which are demonstrated by these accolades,” Bennett said.
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Award-winning reporter Andy Potter has announced his retirement from WCAX-TV after 14 years in front of the camera. the long-time journalist decided it was time to slow down after a series of health issues related to knee-replacement surgery.
“It’s been an honor to be able to tell the stories of Vermonters over the years,” said Potter, who is also a veteran of the Vietnam War. “I am looking forward to a slower beat in the days ahead.”
From reporting on strikes to special elections, Potter has received numerous awards. His broadcast career included television and radio. before becoming a TV journalist, Potter worked at several radio stations in Chittenden County.
“With sharp intuition, booming voice and crisp writing, Andy Potter was often the first to report the news of the day,” said WCAX-TV News Director Anson Tebbetts. “Andy has promised he will help us with special projects, so don’t be surprised to see Andy in the future.”
WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television Inc.
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There are exceptions to this rule, however – including this Philips brush that uses unexpected technology.
Sonic technology, harnessing soundwaves to create vibration, is more typically employed in cleaning jewellery, machinery, lenses or watch parts.
Philips uses a patented version of this technology in its top-of-the-range Sonicare FlexCare+ toothbrush to create 30,000 brush strokes per minute.
It offers five settings, from the standard Clean to the fancier Massage and Refresh, each coming with a timer so you know when you’ve met your teeth-cleaning quota.
This flagship sonic brush vows to make your teeth two shades whiter and your gums healthier in four weeks. both promises are subjective, but the FlexCare+ is clearly more effective than a rotating-head toothbrush. its vibrations push liquids between your teeth and seem to dislodge stains. its effect was evident within five days in our tests, and our teeth felt cleaner, smoother and seemed to stay plaque-free for longer.
This toothbrush also has a curious accompaniment – a UV Sanitiser – that promises to clean most germs from a toothbrush head within 10 minutes.
At more than $200, this may only appeal to the dentally sophisticated, but its use of technology is innovative, comfortable and surprisingly effective.Philips Sonicare Flexcare+Philips, $229.95philips.com.auRating: 4 Stars.
Local civil-liberties lawyer and frequent public advocate candidate Norm Siegel denied a report published on Law.com by a Legal Week reporter today that he and London attorney Mark Lewis are set to file a class-action lawsuit this week against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
“That’s not from my mouth,” Siegel told Capital today. “I didn’t make those comments.”
The news broke Friday that the London attorney, who represents a group of clients in the U.K. phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed Murdoch’s British business, had retained Siegel to see whether there was a basis to pursue litigation against News Corp. in the U.S. on behalf of his clients.
Siegel said he had spoken to Lewis earlier in the day and that he is “reviewing some of the papers in the London case,” but that there’s nothing new to report.
“Some of the stuff that’s out there with regard to the timetable is inaccurate,” said Siegel, reiterating what he told us late last week: “I’m not committed to any timeline because I first have to find out whether or not the options are viable.”
“The focus is one on pre-action discovery,” he said today, “where you can get documents and taped depositions prior to filing a lawsuit, in addition to looking at anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws to see whether violations of any federal or state laws have occurred.”
The conventional wisdom in new York media circles has been that the phone-hacking scandal is unlikely to wash ashore on this side of the Atlantic. But Lewis’ hiring of Siegel and another prominent Manhattan attorney, Steven Hyman, seems likely to test the proposition more quickly than any of the promised U.S. government inquiries.
“I have been asked by Mr. Lewis to explore any and all new York state legal options that could exist pertaining to the phone hacking within News Corp.,” Siegel said on Friday.
“We’re trying to match the facts with regard to his clients in London to the legal statutes in new York,” he said. “We know that people in London from News of the World hacked into his clients’ phones. The question becomes, did News Corp. people in new York know? were they aware of it? did they partiicpate? did they sanction it?”
A News Corp. spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
“It could be, since The new York Post is a part of News Corp., they could be in there,” Siegel said.
(That’s regarded by most in new York media to be the least likely grounds for a U.S. case. As one former Post gossip reporter has put it: “They couldn’t hack an electric toothbrush.”)
But there are perhaps other avenues to pursue.
It’s hard to imagine, for one thing, that the former News of the World Hollywood editor arrested last month in connection with the scandal would have restricted himself purely to England-dwelling celebrities had he committed any hacking of his own, no?
“If there are hypothetically some people in Hollywood who got hacked and they get in touch with Lewis or us, we’ll look at that,” said Siegel. “The questions you’re raising are all things we’ll be looking at. We’ll go one step at a time. Right now, what we have to do is read the cases and interperet the new York and federal laws in order to then have a good understanding of what the criteria is to bring actions here for people in London.”
Not that these are typical Norm Siegel clients.
More immediate to Siegel’s mission is to catch up with the U.S. Attorney General to see what’s happening with the investigation into whether News of the World hacked the phones of victims and victims’ families after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
That allegation, which hasn’t gained much credence, has only surfaced in a thinly-sourced July 11 report in another U.K. tabloid, the Daily Mirror.
But Siegel has been retained separately by 20 families of 9/11 victims. Siegel and some of those family members met with attorney general Eric Holder and representatives from the F.B.I. on Aug. 24; Holder has promised a preliminary investigation into whether 9/11 victims or their family members were targeted by News of the World. But Siegel has yet to hear back, and pointed out that there is so far no evidence to his knowledge that the hacking even happened. He’s following up this week.
If the 9/11-hacking claim does have merit, Lewis and Siegel’s cases could become conjoined.
“If we are addressing the confirmed hacking of Lewis’ clients,” he said, “what we learn on that front might have some bearing on the allegations [concerning] the 9/11 family members.”
Siegel would not elaborate on one element of the report in Legal Week, which suggested that the basis of the class-action suit will ultimately be alleged violation by News Corp. (an American entity) of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which allows the prosecution of corporate entities that prohibits bribing foreign public officials to gain or retain business. (In England, a part of the phone-hacking investigation concerns whether officers of the Metropolitan Police were paid by News International, an English subsidiary of News Corp., to slow-walk or suppress evidence that would show the company condoned or facilitated illegal phone-hacking.)
“I’m in an exploratory phase, doing the research,” he said. “I’m not prepared to spell out every nuance of all these different aspects.”
Columbia University law professor John Coffee tells NPR’s David Folkenflik that News Corp. “has pretty much assembled a dream team of all-star foreign corrupt practice litigators” as a preemptive measure.