According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The good news is that awareness and prevention strategies work to decrease HAI rates by more than 70 More..
The opioid epidemic is officially a public health emergency, and more than 100 people are dying in the U.S. each day from opioid-related overdoses. Millions of dollars are being earmarked not only for treatment but also for monitoring requirements under which healthcare organizations are obliged More..
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues its crackdown on hospice billing, you can expect increasing denials and ever-harsher scrutiny of your claims. And this is why, now more than ever before, you need to stay current on the most prevalent hospice More..
Making costly coding mistakes when reporting shoulder surgical procedures is, sadly, rather easy. After all, you have a whole host of complex coding rules to follow – not to mention the major coding and documentation changes that have come down the pike for 2018. From More..
From differentiating between biopsy and partial mastectomy to reporting image-guided biopsies, including placement of radiological markers, coding for breast procedures is nothing short of mind-bending at times. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) recent changes to breast-related CPT and ICD-10 codes doesn’t More..
The use of non-physician practitioners (NPPs) in all healthcare settings is rising rapidly. But, unfortunately, many providers are billing for NPP services all wrong – and facing increasing denials and reduced payments. NPPs have their own specific rules and guidelines, along with unique coding and More..
It is crucial that you know how to market your healthcare organization without violating the Federal Civil Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS)—as well as to protect yourself from crippling lawsuits and fines. That’s according to healthcare law expert William Mack Copeland who, in his webinar “Keep Your More..
Every year, millions of Americans get sick—and some even die—because of foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on a mission to prevent foodborne More..
Billing as an out-of-network provider poses unique challenges and obstacles to getting the reimbursement you deserve. Don’t let insurance companies give you the run-around just because you’re not “in-network.” You can take specific steps to successfully bill for out-of-network care, according to medical billing expert More..
If yours is like most practices, you probably have an increasing number of patients who want to communicate with your staff electronically. You want to provide the best patient care, and texting and emailing with patients is a convenient and effective way to enhance your More..