Data Uncover Nation’s Top Medicare Billers

The Medicare program is the source of a small fortune for many U.S. doctors, according to a trove of government records that reveal unprecedented details about physician billing practices nationwide. The government insurance program for older people paid nearly 4,000 physicians in excess of $1 million each in 2012, according to the new data. Those figures do not include what the doctors billed private insurance firms.

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SHINE Medical Technologies To Supply Moly-99 To GE Healthcare

SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc. (SHINE), a Wisconsin-based company dedicated to being the world leader in safe, clean, affordable production of medical isotopes, announced today that it has entered into a strategic long-term supply agreement with GE Healthcare, a division of the General Electric Company, for supply of molybdenum-99 (moly-99). This is the first announcement of a major supply agreement with a U.S. based producer of moly-99. Moly-99 decays into the diagnostic imaging agent technetium-99m (Tc-99m).  Tc‑99m’s extraordinary attributes make it the most commonly-used medical isotope on the planet (used in over 40 million medical imaging procedures per year). Under the terms of the supply agreement, SHINE will provide moly-99 to GE Healthcare on a regular basis once its facility becomes operational.

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Senate Expected to Pass House SGR/ICD-10/Two-Midnight Bill on Monday

The U.S. Senate on March 31 is expected to vote on and pass the House version (H.R. 4302) of legislation to put another annual patch on the Medicare SGR payment formula for physicians, delay the ICD-10 compliance date to October 2015 and further delay enforcement of the Medicare two-midnight payment policy until March 2015.

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House Approves Temporary SGR Fix. Bill Also Delays ICD-10, Two-midnight Rule and RAC Audits.

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.

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