In the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule for 2019 payment policies, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduces radical changes to the way healthcare practitioners would be reimbursed for evaluation and management (E/M) services furnished to their Medicare Part B patients beginning in 2019. At the crux of the debate that ensued with the ...
Sep 12th, 2018
Last month, the first generic version of the life-saving EpiPen was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is celebratory news for those with anaphylactic reaction to insect bites, foods, medications, latex, etc., which occurs in one of 50 people in the United States. EpiPen consists of the drug epinephrine and an ...
Your medical coding work is more important than you know. We asked a few experienced medical coders how their work ties to other things in life. This is a rather ambiguous question, to which we received four very different responses. Sara Boyce, CPC, CPMA, AAPC Associate: For me, medical coding has made me a better ...
May 7th, 2018
Proton beam treatment is a particle therapy that uses a beam of protons to target and destroy cancer tissue. There are 27 proton beam units across the United States, and 20 more are popping up or under construction, including Mayo which has opened two, four-unit proton centers in Minnesota and Arizona. Upside The advantage of proton beam therapy over ...
Apr 26th, 2018
The Trump administration is drafting plans to undo the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule preventing doctors, healthcare organizations, and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. If the Trump administration’s rollback gets passed, it could potentially open the way for clinical staff to turn away a transgender individual from receiving medical a...