“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..
If you find coding injection, infusion, and hydration services more than a little confusing, you’re not alone. The Medicare CPT guidelines are multi-layered and often puzzling. But if you don’t hone your coding skills, you’ll face a mountain of denied claims and lost reimbursement. Essential: More..
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..
Is your hospital complying with the rules that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established for standing orders? If you feel less than confident answering “yes” to this question, you’re not alone – but your noncompliance could seriously hurt your bottom line. More..
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..
Home health agencies (HHAs) have been under an increased level of scrutiny lately, with an added emphasis on home health quality reporting. How you perform on quality measures drives data trends, calculates your 5-star ratings, and gives you much-needed data to develop and maintain your More..
The practice of copy/paste in electronic health records (EHR) is receiving heightened scrutiny lately, with a recent study finding that only 18% of records examined were entered manually – 46% were copied and another 36% imported, opening up the possibility of carrying forward outdated patient More..
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched its home health Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program, which aims to improve your claims accuracy. But what does the TPE process really look like, and what can you expect from the experience? The TPE More..
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..
Hospices have a lot to juggle in 2018, including increased audit scrutiny and payment changes. But it’s the significant changes to hospice quality reporting that will have you scrambling to stay in compliance and avoid a payment penalty for failing to report your data. Embedded More..