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Calendar of Events 2014

Emergency Groups’ Office will be exhibiting at the following conferences:

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Jan 15-18                                
 37th Annual EM 
Yosemite Conference              

Jan 26-29
OR/ACEP 31th Annual Northwest Winter Conference in Emergency Medicine

Jan 30-Feb 2                   MI/ACEP Winter Symposium

Feb 11-15
AAEM Scientific Assembly,
NewYork
                                                     

Feb 18-22                                     
ACEP Coding and Reimbursement,
New Orleans

May 1-2                                           WA/ACEP Summit to Sound               Booth 32 

May 4-7
EDPMA 17th Annual Solutions Summit

May 19-22
ACEP 2013 Leadership and Advocacy

Jul 7-9 NY/ACEP

Jul 27-30
MI/ACEP 41st Michigan Emergency Medicine Assembly

Oct 27-30
ACEP 2014 Scientific Assembly

Nov 10-11
MI/ACEP Straight Talk

New ECG/X-Ray Medicare Payment Policy

EGO helped write this Medicare Contractor’s payment policy that is now among the clearest in the country on preferential payment for properly documented emergency physician interpretations of ECGs and X-rays.

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WA Governor Suspends Medicaid Denial Plan, State Considers Physician-Drafted Alternative

Emergency Groups’ Office and many of its clients are contributors to the EMAF. The Fund contributed $50,000 to the Washington ACEP legal defense fund (with another $50,000 pledged if the legal battle continued) as the behavior of the Washington Health Care Authority was perceived as a national threat to the safety net. We are pleased that Governor suspended the denial plan.

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Welcome to Emergency Groups’ Office

Emergency Groups' Office provides a full range of medical billing and coding management services to emergency physician groups utilizing:

Our objective is to obtain the highest equitable net income per patient for our clients following the principal that we use the fees our clients' pay us for their benefit. At all times we will deliver our services while holding to the highest ethical and legal standards. We will staff the Company with employees encompassing a blend of clinical and business backgrounds as we know that contributions from both disciplines are necessary to obtain our clients' and our company's goals.

 

 

Recently at Emergency Groups' Office

EGO Restores Medicare ECG/X-Ray Payments

Medicare began denying emergency physician payments for ECG/X-rays until EGO stepped in and challenged the policy change. Engaging the HHS Regional Office and CA’s Medicare Contractor, EGO was able to improve Contractor payment policy to be consistent with CMS policy and restore payments to CA emergency physicians.

Click here to read more.
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Increased Medicare audits are creating more headaches, delays and frustration for emergency physicians. EGO is raising the alarm.

Click here to read more.
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Congress Delays Medicare Cuts - SGR Up Next

Both the House and yesterday, the Senate, have approved a budget bill that includes a three month payment update of 0.5% for dates of service January 1 – March 31, 2014. During this three-month window, it is hoped, Congress will attempt to pass a bill that permanently repeals and replaces the SGR. 

Click here to read more.

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Good News - Emergency Physicians largely exempt from CA Medi-Cal 10% pay cut in 2014.

Read full article here.

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RAND Research Report: Evolving Role of Emergency Departments

The Emergency Medicine Action Fund, to which EGO is a major contributor, sponsored this foundational meta-study showing that office-based physicians increasingly rely on EDs to evaluate complex patients rather than care for them in their offices. ED admissions went up 17% while unscheduled office admissions went down 10% over 7 years even though EDs have become more conservative about admissions than in the past with more complex workups for discharged patients. No wonder higher levels of care have been reported over the last 10 years.

Read the full study here.
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Reimbursement Update | Payer Audits

By Bing Pao, MD, FACEP, & Andrea Brault, MD, FACEP, MMM,
California ACEP Reimbursement Committee Co-Chairs

To read the full article, click here.

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Emergency Medicine Action Fund

Andrea Brault, MD, FACEP is a member of the Board of Governors of the Emergency Medicine Action Fund that helped stop the Medicaid cuts in Washington State.

To read more about the EMAF's work this year, click here.

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ARIZONA MEDICAID AUDIT

EGO wins Medicaid audit with no repayments required. Inspector General compliments our cooperation. Click here to read "Anatomy of an Audit" on our blog to learn how the ED group was chosen and how EGO's defense worked.

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FAIRBANKS DAILY NEWS

EGO Client Reaches Landmark Settlement with Payer

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LOS ANGELES TIMES

Hospitals Are Wary Of California Budget Plan To Shift Emergency Funds

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