Jan 14th, 2020
What access should you have to your own medical information? Should you have to pay for it? And if so, how much should it cost? These are three key questions raised by a recent enforcement action conducted by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The answers ...
Dec 23rd, 2019
One costly error, two big lessons learned. We all make mistakes. Thankfully, few of us ever make a mistake that costs us $2.175 million. That was the price Sentara Hospitals will have to pay for their mistake: a mail merge error that led to numerous hospital bills being sent out to the wrong patients — ...
In CMS
Dec 6th, 2019
Newly finalized hospital price transparency requirements have the healthcare industry in a tizzy. That was obvious during the question and answer portion of a National Call, held by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), on Dec. 3. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospital groups filed a lawsuit the next day, challenging ...
In Billing
Nov 15th, 2019
Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, all U.S. hospitals will be required to disclose standard charges for items and services offered to patients. Although many hospitals do this already, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized Nov. 15 polices that will require hospitals to be more accountable of the prices they charge and more forthcoming ...
In Coding
Oct 31st, 2019
Help physicians and patients understand exactly what it all means. One of the most asked questions coders get from patients at an orthopedic practice is: “Why is there a surgical code on my bill for an office visit?” It’s a valid question coming from a patient who was seen in the clinic, treated for a ...