CMS Nursing Home Residents

Beyond Bingo & Board Games: Tailor Nursing Home Activities to Meet Residents’ Real Needs

To comply with CMS, you’ll have to avoid the 3 plagues: loneliness, helplessness & bordeom

“It’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years,” goes the saying, one that could very well be the motto for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in their new survey process instituted last November. Using “f-tags” More..

Inpatient and Observation Coding

Coding for Inpatient or Observation Status: More Than Just the Two-Midnight Rule

Hint: Look at physician’s order, not services provided

Incorrectly coding a patient’s hospital status could cost your physicians significantly, even years down the road. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been aggressively reviewing inpatient and observation claims to reduce the amount of improper payments. When you’re under such scrutiny, thorough More..

GMO Food Labeling Rules

Food Marketers & Producers: Prepare For New GMO Labeling Regs

You’ve got upcoming USDA, FDA, and state rules to contend with—as well as a new ‘healthy’ definition

Strong and widespread pressure from industry groups, health advocates, and the general population has resulted in a long list of new labeling requirements for food products—and that includes genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Many of the new rules going into effect this year. But in some More..

CPT Wrist Codes

Pin Down the Subtleties in CPT Wrist Coding

Must Do: Tighten Your Orthopedic Anatomy Knowledge

Wrists may be small compared to the rest of the body, but there are a numerous procedures that can be performed on this one part—and you need to get your bones, ligaments, and tendons straight if you want to get paid. You certainly don’t want More..