Final CMS Payment Systems for CY22

As a follow up to the October 18, 2021 blog post, “The FY 2022 Reimbursement Outlook,” CMS has since finalized the 3 rulings for the following payments systems: (1) Hospital Outpatient Payments (2) Ambulatory Surgery Center Payments, and (3) Physician Fee Schedule Payments.  All three rulings will go into effect on January 1, 2022.  Below…

Expansion of EP Services

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart arrhythmia, and according to the CDC, its prevalence has only been increasing, a trend that will continue.  In fact, estimates reveal that 12.1 million people in the United States will have AF by 2030 (CDC, 2021).  However, it is encouraging that steady progress and advances in novel…

The Importance of the Offer in Physician Recruitment

Our recruiters are sometimes approached by a prospective client that reaches out for assistance specifically due to a long-term physician search initiative that “falls apart” in the final stages.  Oftentimes, organizations can lose one or several candidates near the end of the placement process… but why does this happen??   After being engaged to fill the…

The FY 2022 Reimbursement Outlook

Healthcare is an ever-changing entity – so it’s no wonder hospitals can encounter difficulty with keeping aware of reimbursement updates, especially while enduring a pandemic and all of its challenges to our industry over the last 18 months!  If you didn’t get a chance to read the 700+ page Federal Register, the summary below includes…

Perspectives from a Corazon Interim Manager

Turnover in a hospital or physician practice setting is inevitable, but within the healthcare industry, continuity and consistency are the hallmarks of an efficient high-quality service line — the foundation of all successful specialty programs. As an Interim Manager with Corazon, I have worked in dozens of organizations across the country with the goal of…

Updated Clinical Practice Guidelines on Patient Blood Management

Earlier this year, on June 30th, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, in partnership with other organizations, released updated blood conservation clinical practice guidelines addressing an evidenced-based, multi-modal, and multi-disciplinary approach to conserving blood resources, in addition to optimizing outcomes in patients at high risk for transfusion. These guidelines have…

The Things You Find When You Move

Every few years we seem to “shuffle the deck” at the Corazon office with moves of individuals closer to their core work group members. On Friday, as I prepared for my Monday office move, I was looking through old files for the opportunity to purge!  I scanned though a file of articles I had authored…