"These projects will build a solid infrastructure for the PMI Cohort Program, including a coordinating center, biobank, network of healthcare provider organizations, and participant mobile technologies," NIH director Francis Collins, MD, said.
Patient Powered Research Networks partner academic researchers with patients, who help set the research agenda. The networks, working with patient-focused groups, recruit participants and identify concerns for potential studies.
Every first and second year student at NYU Medical School is required to do what's called a "health care by the numbers" project. And it turns out the classes appeal not just to data junkies but also to those who were not already steeped in crunching data.
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are private health plans that have contracted with Medicare to receive a fixed monthly fee in exchange for providing comprehensive healthcare to plan members. In order to provide appropriate care to beneficiaries with varying medical conditions, plans are paid according to the Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) score of each patient. Insufficient documentation of chronic conditions can be an obstacle to MA reimbursement. However, even when a condition has been properly documented by the provider, it is often not coded and submitted to Medicare. Read this white paper to learn how to take the complexity out of MA reimbursement.
Coders can be hired as employees or freelancers, which means planning and budgeting now. And medical practices need to do a cost-benefit analysis to determine if it's better to hire personnel or accept longer reimbursement cycles.