In Billing
Apr 12th, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan is delaying their planned non-coverage of hyaluronic acid injections for knees, slated for April 1. BCBS Pulls Up BCBS giving themselves time to study if hyaluronic acid has the true medical benefit that it claims to have for patients with painful arthritic deterioration. Many patients swear by the ...
In Billing
Apr 12th, 2018
The Mayo Clinic recently gave 400 medical transcriptionists the option of a “voluntary separation package” or pursue another job, according to the Rochester, Minn. Post-Bulletin. A new electronic health record (EHR) system is forcing the cuts. The healthcare system, which has facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida, and other states employs the transcriptionists in several ...
In Coding
Apr 5th, 2018
In her new book, Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick, Maya Dusenbery describes difficulties women experience when trying to be heard and understood by medical providers. As a physician and professional coder, compliance officer, and auditor, I find all patients—and especially females—are poorly heard ...
In Billing
Apr 3rd, 2018
New Medicare cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identification (MBI) numbers are in the mail, but don’t get too excited. It will take up to a year to get them all out. Who’s Getting Medicare Cards and When? The new cards, which replace the risky Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) with the new unique numbers, ...
In CMS
Mar 20th, 2018
At the HIMSS18 Conference, March 3, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma spoke about how far healthcare infrastructure has come in the United States and how far it has yet to go, referring specifically to electronic health records (EHRs). Here is an excerpt from her speech: We have held meetings in cities across ...