Jan 18th, 2018
A recent study by the University of Iowa finds that rural patients find quicker access to providers in emergency departments (ED) if using telemedicine than traditional patients. Telemedicine Study The cohort study of patients seen in 1 of 14 rural hospitals in a large Midwestern telemedicine network included 127,928 encounters. Door to provider time for 2,857 ...
Jan 16th, 2018
I often call Modifier 59 the prednisone of modifiers. That is because it is very powerful and can do a lot for you, like prednisone is for the patient. But at the same time, it is a two-edged sword, the modifier 59 is exceptionally dangerous when used incorrectly and care is not applied, just like ...
Jan 15th, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced January changes to the 2018 HCPCS Level II code set, released in November 2017.  The changes to C codes include retroactive effective dates and to several elements in G codes. The changes are below and do not show up in any publishers’ books: CODE ACTION EFF ...
Population health management (PHM) may be defined in a number of ways, but always has a primary goal of improved healthcare outcomes for individuals. PHM relies heavily on aggregate data to “paint a picture” of individual patients and their healthcare needs. In this way, patients and potential health vulnerabilities may be identified and addressed before ...
Medical coding jobs will continue to expand as America’s healthcare evolves. Healthcare is reinventing itself, and that means certified medical coders are becoming more central to the success of the effort. The reimbursement industry is changing from being based on pay-for-service to being based on the quality and efficacy of care. New data technologies, code ...