All posts by Jeff Schmerker

FDA generics drugs

FDA Pushes Generics to Market, Removes Approval Barriers

Trump Promises Lower Prices–Next Steps Remain to Be Seen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting weight behind its effort to protect public health by encouraging the prescription of generic drugs. That effort, while good for consumers, is creating tension among the agency, physicians, and creators of medical products which are sometimes More..

Spinal Stenosis Pain Management

Pain Management Coders: Are You Ready for 2018?

New and Deleted Codes Cover Spinal Stenosis and Central Pain Syndrome

Pain management coders: There are scores of new and modified codes to be aware of in 2018, warns Amy Turner, a coding pro. So let’s dig in! Turner recently covered coding changes for the field in her conference for AudioEducator, “2018 CPT and ICD-10 Updates More..

Pulmonary Cognitive Assessment

Pulmonary Medicine Coders: Do You Know What’s New for 2018?

Big News Is a New Section: Reporting Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services

2018 brings plenty of coding updates for pulmonary medicine, says Jill Young, an expert coder and CEO of Young Medical Consulting. Young covers what is new and modified for the field in her conference for AudioEducator, “2018 Updates for Pulmonary Medicine.” New Codes for Trachea More..

Pediatric Codes Changes

Pediatric Coding Changes for 2018 Touch on Cardiology and Vaccines

Knowing Codes and How to Use Them Can Mean Revenue Differences of Thousands of Dollars

There are tons of new codes for 2018—but just a relative few impact those in pediatrics, said Donelle Holle, a coding expert who recently held a conference for AudioEducator, “2018 Coding Updates: Virtual Bootcamp.” Still, it’s important to brush up on the changes. Knowing the More..

hospice home health

Hospice Providers: Do You Know Your Star Rating?

Introduction of Hospice Compare Just One of Many New Challenges Providers Face

With so much regulation and scrutiny affecting the hospice industry, it can feel tough for hospice managers to keep their head above water, much less improve their industry ratings. But even with all the change roiling the industry, home health and hospice consultant Beth Noyce More..

CMS Discharge Planning

Changes to Discharge Plan Requirements Still in the Works at CMS

Releases Without Adequate Post-Care Information Lead to Readmissions

Proposed adjustments to the Medicare conditions of participation (CoPs) for discharge planning could mean 2018 will be much different for case management departments in hospitals, home care agencies and other healthcare facilities that work on discharge planning. Those changes, said Toni G. Cesta, owner of More..

Disorder Patient Records

New Privacy Rules for Substance Abuse Complicate HIPAA Compliance

Stricter Confidentiality Affects Nurses, Physicians, Compliance Officers and Even Risk Managers

Patients seeking treatment for substance abuse are afforded special privacy protections under a rule that went into effect in 2017: Is your hospital prepared to comply with this complicated new regulation? The rule for Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records—42 CFR Part 2—requires that More..

Pediatric Codes

Pediatric Code Changes for 2018 Focus on Leveling of Care

Avoid Coding Errors by Getting Updated Quickly

Documenting services and understanding the appropriate levels of care in the coding guidelines is especially important in pediatrics, where under-coding for routine visits is a common mistake. CPT® is confusing and trying to understand new codes is not easy, said Donelle Holle, an RN with More..

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