Mar 6th, 2020
The 2019-2020 influenza season is winding down, so now is a good time to start preparing for the 2020-2021 influenza season. Let’s start with a new CPT® code for the flu vaccine. Flu Activity Report The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that viral activity is decreasing in the United States. According to ...
Mar 6th, 2020
April 1 is around the corner and you know what that means: quarterly updates. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released payer and provider guidance. Make sure all coding and billing staff are aware of the Medicare fee schedule changes. Two New Physical Therapy Codes MLN Matters® article MM1161 Revised, issued Feb. ...
Mar 3rd, 2020
It’s finally time to take that important business trip or long-anticipated vacation. You’ve packed the essentials, planned your itinerary, and made your travel arrangements. But are you completely prepared? Whether you are traveling domestically or internationally, don’t forget to plan for your health, too. 5 Tips for Everyday Disease Prevention Before the first leg of ...
Feb 26th, 2020
On Dec. 31, 2019, as many of us here in the U.S. were celebrating New Year’s Eve, a pandemic quietly began in the Chinese province of Hubei. First identified in Wuhan, the provincial capital, coronavirus (more accurately known as COVID-19 or 2019-nCoV) has spread rapidly in the two ensuing months, resulting in infections, and even ...
Feb 20th, 2020
Will your utilization data pre- and post-PDGM make you stand out to authorities? As the weeks under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) wear on, more reports of home health agencies (HHAs) cutting therapy visits and staff roll in. Now Medicare officials are telling agencies to cut it out. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...