Superbugs have the possiblity of being resistant to all known forms of antibiotics.

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For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. Published a report about a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic Colistin found in her urine.

Noridian Retires Actinic Keratosis LCD.

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Effective May 1, Noridian has retired the Actinic Keratosis LCD.

Click here to visit the Noridian Site

Guidance on Electronic Signatures Is Available

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For medical review purposes, Medicare requires that services provided/ordered be authenticated by the author. The method used shall be a handwritten or electronic signature. Stamped signatures are not acceptable.

Provider who need additional information on the guidelines for using an electronic signature may reference CMS' Medicare Program Integrity Manual

California Hospital Pays Ransom to Get Access to Their Records

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On February 5, workers at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center discovered that their electronic communications were not working. They had become the latest victims of a type of virus known as Ransomware. Ransomware encrypts all of your files and without paying the hackers for the decryption key the files become useless to you. The CEO of Hollywood Presbyterian, in an interview with NBC was quick to note that patient privacy has not been compromised.

Providers who inappropriately balance bill QMB individuals are subject to sanctions.

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QMB is a Medicaid program for Medicare beneficiaries that exempts them from liability for Medicare cost-sharing. State Medicaid programs may pay providers for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance and copayments. However, as permitted by federal law, States can limit provider reimbursement for Medicare cost-sharing under certain circumstances.

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