Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

By Barbara Cobuzzi
Nov 18th, 2019
If you are a patient of Ascension in the St. Louis, Mo., area, Google has your healthcare protected health information (PHI). Patients and doctors of the second largest Catholic health system in the United States have not been notified that their data...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Audit
Nov 14th, 2019
Chronic care management (CCM) services are services that do not involve face-to-face patient/provider contact. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented Medicare coverage for CCM in Jan. 1, 2015. There are very specific guid...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
Oct 30th, 2019
But for how long, nobody knows. Allergy, otolaryngology and primary care practices can breathe a sigh of relief, as the new Compounding Pharmacy USP standards set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2019, have been postponed as a result of appeals. The revision...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Sep 30th, 2019
Three credible sources give three different answers, and only one is right. The definition for billing units of allergy serum preparation for patients was recently challenged by a colleague of mine who works in the allergy space. Are there limitations...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Sep 26th, 2019
When calculating an evaluation and management (E/M) level or auditing an E/M service, every Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) has always had the points assigned for a new problem under the Number of Diagnoses or Treatment Options based on a new...