When you import any goods or merchandise – including pharmaceuticals and medical devices – into the United States, you are subject to compliance requirements involving the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to the CBP, in More..
It’s a familiar image, shared with friends and family, or even posted on Facebook by many expectant mothers as an announcement – “I’m pregnant!” – or as a way to introduce the very first images of her infant-to-be. The ultrasound is an important mile marker More..
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has increased its surveillance activity of hospitals and updated its Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals. Do you think your hospital is ready and knows what to do if a CMS surveyor shows up at your establishment More..
After months of wrangling, Republicans in the U.S. Senate on July 18 announced more defectors who said they would not support the Senate’s current version of healthcare reform legislation. This marks yet another failure to make good on their leadership’s promise to dismantle the Affordable More..
Podiatry Update 2018 Date and time: December 8, 2017, 10:15 am EST Presenter: Lynn Anderanin and Margie Scalley Vaught CEUs: 1 AAPC CEU Procedures and services related to the foot are very specific and can be quite confusing because of all the medical necessity requirements More..
Physician practices’ reimbursements are shrinking from all insurance companies, especially Medicare. Patient loads are smaller and operating costs are skyrocketing due to the present economy. Every medical practice should be looking at additional revenue opportunities with its own patient base while maximizing patient clinical outcomes. More..
The modifier, a two-digit code additional to the CPT codes, can be a powerful tool to ensure providers get paid for services that are not normally performed together or which may be in addition to the primary service provided. In order to bill for services More..
About a year ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its finalized infection control worksheet for surveyors to use in inspections of hospitals. This surveyor worksheet can be used to assess compliance with the infection control Conditions of Participation (CoPs). For the More..
Selecting appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes for injection and infusion can be a daunting task, both for beginners and pro outpatient coders. Outpatient coders must be well versed with the CPT® codes for injections and infusion services provided in both the oncology unit as More..
The home health care industry has not seen a change in Medicare’s Conditions of Participation (CoPs) in three decades. However, in January 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new standards for improving the quality of health care services for home health More..