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..
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..
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..
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..
The reporting deadline for the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is March 31, but did you know you must report your practice’s data by February? Missing that deadline will be costly. Under MIPS, failure to report your data results in a 4-percent Medicare cut More..
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..
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..
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..
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..
When the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) became law in 2009, legislators envisioned it as both a much-needed technological and economic poke for the healthcare industry. Economic incentives built into the law were supposed to help move hospitals from paper to More..