In Coding
Feb 1st, 2017
The tonsils are part of the lymphatic and immunologic system. They are oval shaped, pink structures in the back of the throat and act as filters by trapping germs that pass through the nose and mouth. They also produce antibodies that help fight infection. They are the body’s first line of defense, and are similar ...
In CMS
Jan 23rd, 2017
A doctor’s Hippocratic oath isn’t good enough for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): they need proof that every service a beneficiary receives is medically necessary. This proof comes in the form of diagnostic codes reported on claims, backed by observations documented by the doctor. Coding and documentation that don’t align can cost ...
In Billing
Jan 20th, 2017
January is Glaucoma Awareness month. This is a good time to remind patients that this disease has no symptoms in its early stages. If detected through preventive screening, however, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented, according to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). Who’s at Risk? Medicare ...
In Coding
Jan 18th, 2017
Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated one-third of people in the U.S. between the ages of 65 and 75 have some degree of hearing loss, while close to one-half of people over 75 years of age are affected. According ...
In ICD-10
Jan 13th, 2017
An addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Measure (eCQM) specifications updates ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS value sets for the 2017 performance year. This update applies to eCQMs for the 2017 performance period of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Go here to access the following: eCQMs for Eligible Clinicians Table January 2017 eCQM Specifications for Eligible Clinicians ...