Nov 18th, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress will take control of the country’s healthcare system in January. Don’t expect a quick or iconoclastic revamp, healthcare experts at Leavitt Partners recently told webinar attendees; however, when the executive and legislative branches of government are unified by party, major change is likely to happen. Meaning, the Affordable ...
Oct 21st, 2016
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Under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), certain services (such as surgery) are valued and paid for as part of global packages that include the procedure and the services typically furnished in the periods immediately before and after the procedure. For each of these global packages, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) establishes ...
Sep 30th, 2016
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The National Center for Health Statistics has released preliminary results from its annual National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2016, Family Core component. The NCHS updates estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the most recent NHIS, and has done so every year since 1997. After 10 years, this data, which are based on household ...
Sep 2nd, 2016
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Help prevent the damage that a criminal data attack can have on a healthcare organization. Often, when talking about information technology (IT) security, you hear responses such as, “It’ll never happen to us,” or “I’m too small to be a target.” The truth is, viruses, spyware, malware, phishing, hacking, phreaking, social engineering, data loss, improper ...
In CMS
Sep 1st, 2012
The modifier is critical to telling the story of your medical coding claim. Just as words with similar definitions convey distinct meanings (“plan” versus “scheme,” for instance), so do modifiers with similar descriptors. We’ll discuss three that require precise application: modifiers 58, 78, and 79. Modifier 58 Modifier 58 Staged or related procedure or service by ...