Providers, payers and claims clearinghouses can look for no relief from the looming, Oct. 1 compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes, the head of the CMS said Thursday. But some case-by-case exemptions will be made for providers having a tough time meeting their Stage 2 meaningful-use targets, she said.
In addition to acquiring all the necessary tools and education needed to code and bill, you also are responsible to adhere to regulations governing reimbursement. Failure to perform these duties may result in a direct violation of contractual and professional obligation.
Although Medicare doesn’t have a national policy on the use of shortcuts (such as templates or copy and paste functions) when physicians and non-physician practitioners document services in an electronic health record (EHR), the subject of “cloned notes” continues to be a hot topic in the compliance arena.
In this article by AACP author Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC, suggests that organizations should take the time to thoroughly understand and customize your EHR.
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Effective Sept. 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised its Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Guidelines (DG), to allow physicians to use the 1997 DG for an extended history of present illness (HPI) with the other elements of the 1995 DG to document an E/M service
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Coding surgical procedures to correct bunion and hallux valgus deformities can be intimidating. With a wide variety of surgical techniques that are referenced using an eponym (proper name), choosing the correct codes can be challenging, even for seasoned orthopaedic coders.
Recently CMS granted the delay and the implementation date has been pushed out to Oct. 1, 2014. That means it's now time to get your baseline training and assessment programs in place. This PDF from the RBMA highlights the impact to Radiology practices and also provide you with a specific plan to make sure that you use thie time between now and the fast approaching implementation date wisely.
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As a physician auditor, Melody spends much of her time educating clinicians on proper documentation. This involves explaining and interpreting coding and compliance guidelines. When provid- ing such guidance, the most common reply I hear from providers is, “I want it in writing.” An auditing compliance plan helps to satisfy this need.
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Las Vegas Urology Practice Agrees To Pay U.S. Department Of Justice $1 Million To Settle Civil Health Care Fraud Allegations
The takeaways from this report by By Denis Rodriguez, CPCi posted in www.aacp.com are as follows:
• ChangestothereportingandpaymentofcolonoscopiesinASCs require knowledge of commercial payer and Medicare guidelines.
• Beawareofrulestoreportdiscontinued,screening,andtherapeutic colonoscopies.
Note: Some of the information that follows also applies to physician coding as well as to ASC facility coding of these procedures.
Denis Rodriguez, CPC, is senior ambulatory surgery center coder and compli- ance auditor for The Coding Network, LLC. He has more than 24 years experience in the medical field, the last 11 of which have been spent exclusively in ASC coding, auditing, and education.
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