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Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stunned Albany observers by proposing elimination of the State’s Physician Profile website that was established under terms of the Patient Health Information and Quality Improvement Act of 2000, signed into law by Gov. George Pataki. This act brought New York state into compliance with congressional legislation on the same subject. 
CMS delights practices in the spring but then goes dark about meaningful use announcement.
Minimally invasive treatments are designed to ensure minimal disruption to surrounding tissues of the affected area. Aaron J. Bianco, MD, and Craig Montgomery, MD, spine surgeons with The Center for Orthopedic & Spine Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, explain the benefits of the approach as a course of treatment.
As experienced physicians have been coasting down the healthcare highway toward retirement, it has been a smooth ride on cruise control. Of late, however, there have been a few major detours on the horizon.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) continues to consider whether to proceed with a final rule governing the provision of complimentary transportation to Medicare, Medicaid or other government-sponsored program beneficiaries. 
Taking care of the brain and understanding its complexity are activities at Upstate Medical University that are reflected in all aspects of its mission. Through innovative treatments, techniques and research, this commitment is shared by specialists and staff whose expertise creates the largest neuroscience resource for 17 counties in Central New York.
Breast surgeons Mary Ellen Greco, MD, FACS, and Kristine M. Keeney, MD — both Central New York natives — bring unequaled specialized care to the region.
As the sea change of government initiatives transforming health care continues, another high-impact piece of legislation became law this spring. President Obama signed the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which introduces an entirely new method of paying for healthcare services. Known as the “Doc Fix,” the law takes effect in 2019, but the path forward really begins in 2015.
Partial knee replacements relieve pain and restore quality of life.
When we travel for business and personal reasons, we assume our accommodations are clean and pest-free. We choose hotels that have high ratings for customer service and cleanliness. Unfortunately, there is one pest out there that will invade even the most luxurious of establishments. Bed bugs are showing up everywhere these days.
The consequences of violating one of the complex fraud and abuse laws that apply to healthcare providers can be dire.
Since becoming a New York state regional referral center in 1975, Crouse Hospital’s Baker Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has never turned away an ambulance carrying a critically ill baby. During that time, survival rates have climbed to higher than 97 percent, while the NICU has cared for up to 1,000 infants from across the region each year.
An Interview with Josh Miller, Owner of Audibel Hearing
Central New York patients have a new option for low-risk outpatient interventional radiology procedures. CRA Medical Imaging’s new outpatient facility provides a comfortable setting where patients undergo less complicated interventional radiology procedures. The office is staffed by the same highly experienced team of mid-level providers and fellowship-trained radiologists that perform inpatient procedures at Crouse Hospital, Oswego Hospital and the VA Medical Center.
As the sea change of government initiatives transforming health care continues, another high-impact piece of legislation became law this spring. President Obama signed the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which introduces an entirely new method of paying for healthcare services. Known as the “Doc Fix,” the law takes effect in 2019, but the path forward really begins in 2015.
Because medical information is central to many lawsuits, medical providers and hospitals frequently receive subpoenas to provide medical records. This article sets forth some considerations for properly responding to a subpoena for medical records.
As experienced physicians have been coasting down the healthcare highway toward retirement, it has been a smooth ride on cruise control. Of late, however, there have been a few major detours on the horizon.
Many people are complaining about the number of ants they are seeing this year. While we usually see ants in the spring and early summer, the 2015 season seems to be bringing them out in droves. This is due to the extended winter that we had the “pleasure” of experiencing this past year. 
Treating patients with conditions of the eye, eyelid, orbit and lacrimal system, the expert physician team at Eye Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Central New York specialize in minimally invasive techniques at their outpatient Syracuse Surgery Center.
One of the last things medical practices want to hear about right now is Stage 3 of meaningful use. Many had to give up on Stage 2 last year and are wrestling with it in 2015. Nonetheless, on March 20, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposal for Stage 3 of meaningful use. Concurrently, the Office of National Coordinator, which is responsible for certifying EHR systems, announced specifications for 2015 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT), which will be required to meet Stage 3.