All posts by Martha Summerlin

critical care codes

Keeping Track of Time: The Best Way to Code for Critical Care

Key: Amount of Time Spent with Patients Indicates Which Code to Use

Coding for physician inpatient services, especially critical care, is deceptively straightforward. The reality is that the details of each code requirement can complicate things to the point of complete confusion. Despite the challenges, there are specific strategies you can use to correctly identify when critical More..

EMTALA On-Call Physician

Higher EMTALA Penalties Mean You’d Better Check Your On-Call Systems

CMS and OIG Urge On-Call Physician Training for Emergency Departments

Medical professionals working in emergency departments (ED) constantly have to make split second decisions in a stressful, crowded, and often understaffed environment. Failure to comply with federal regulations can mean severe penalties not only for the hospital itself, but also for on-duty and on-call staff. More..

CMS Discharge Planning Standards

Dig Deeper into the IMPACT Act: Is Your PAC Facility Prepared?

Reduce Readmission Rates through Improved Discharge Standards and New Data Elements

Hospitals may aim for a smooth and coordinate patient discharge process, but they’re not reaching that goal often enough according to Medicare. This year, under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), Medicare is penalizing around more than 2,500 hospitals for readmissions considered unnecessary, according to More..

CMS antibiotic resistance

CMS Tasks Hospitals with Stopping Superbugs

Antibiotic Stewardship Program is one of many Fed initiatives to control antibiotic over-use

Resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest modern health threats, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with doctors fighting to treat an increasing number of diseases previously easily cured with a dose of antibiotics. Thanks to overuse and overprescribing of antibiotics, “bad” bacteria More..