Author "Marcia Brauchler"

By Marcia Brauchler
Jul 1st, 2017
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
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
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
Aug 1st, 2012
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...