All posts by Martha Summerlin

Medicare Skilled Nursing

Here’s Why You Must Begin Prepping Now for Skilled Nursing PDPM Implementation

Tip: Follow 5 actionable tips to prepare for the biggest change to SNFs in 20 years

Patient-centered care: Recently it’s a term you’ve heard promoted widely in the healthcare field, along with “data-driven” and “real world evidence” (RWE). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is catching on to the trend and updating its programs accordingly. For instance, CMS has replaced More..

Spinal Procedures Coding

Realign Your Spinal Procedures Coding Skills for 2019

Conquer your 63030, 63042 and 63047 coding woes with these tips

To do spinal coding right in 2019, you’ve got to get straight on several new techniques, guidelines and procedures that promise to complicate your billing. And you’ve got to do it quick given that payers and regulators are scrutinizing spinal procedures more closely than ever More..

CMS Survey Process

New Year’s Resolution for Your LTC Facility: Prep for CMS Survey Process

Tip: The best way to prepare is to create a survey-ready culture

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects your long-term care facility (LTCs) to uphold certain requirements for Medicare participation—and conducts surveys to see that you are. Though the Phase 2 of CMS’s regulatory program took effect back in November 2017, it introduced an More..

2019 Coding Updates

Perfect Your Procedural Expertise to Cope With 2019 CPT Code Changes

Prep for significant new E/M codes—and update your know-how with ICD-10 coding

If your New Year’s resolution includes giving yourself a professional skills upgrade, there’s no better way than to download new coding know-how from the experts. And that’s more convenient than ever to do: The AudioEducator 2019 Coding Updates Virtual Boot Camp—the most information-packed coding event More..

DME Documentation

‘Dear Physician’: Updates to DME Documentation Requirements Hold You Accountable

CMS documentation guidelines add orthotists, prosthetists to medical record

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated the durable medical equipment (DME) documentation guidelines. And the revisions are significant, as you’ll discover in the latest CMS documentation guidelines webinar presented by coding director Lynn Anderanin. Arguably one of the biggest changes involves More..

CMS Discharge

CMS Rules 2019: How (And When) New Hospital Discharge Planning CoP Will Affect You

Hint: It’s later than expected, but you’ll still need to prepare

How closely related in your mind are the words “discharge planning” and “admission”? According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), they should be closely related, if not intertwined, as you’ll find out in the latest hospital discharge planning webinar by health care More..