Author "Marcia Brauchler"

By Marcia Brauchler
Jul 1st, 2017
Comments Off on HIPAA: Are You an Expert or a Flunky?
See if your knowledge of Privacy and Security Rules is a help or a hinderance to your practice’s compliance. Take this quiz and then score yourself to find out if you are a HIPAA expert, a HIPAA flunky, or somewhere in between. (Note: You will not ear...
By Marcia Brauchler
Apr 1st, 2017
Comments Off on Top E/M Office Visit Chart Audit Findings
In my work with clients, I often identify potential coding issues around the frequency of evaluation and management (E/M) visits compared to a benchmark. For example, based on Medicare distribution data, Chart 1 illustrates possible over-coding (relat...
By Marcia Brauchler
Sep 26th, 2016
Comments Off on Defining PHI Helps Secure Information
Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, protected health information (PHI) refers to health information that can identify an individual, or can be used with other available information to identify an individual. PHI requires two things: An identifier; and A ...
By Marcia Brauchler
May 1st, 2014
Comments Off on Answer Common HIPAA Questions – Business Associate
What changed in 2013 for business associates? One of the most significant changes under HIPAA’s final rule, effective September 23, 2013, was that business associates of HIPAA covered entities became directly liable for compliance with certain Privacy...
By Marcia Brauchler
Aug 1st, 2012
Comments Off on The Big Picture of Contract Negotiations
A focused effort on negotiating payer contracts can create much-needed money for any practice, and coders are uniquely qualified to facilitate these negotiations. This month, I’ll provide an overview of the contract negotiation process. In future mont...