In Coding
Feb 12th, 2018
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare, aggressive skin cancer that develops from hormone making cells in the skin. Unlike basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma, MCC will often metastasize to the lymph nodes and internal organs. The cure rate is reported at 80 percent for those cases that have not yet metastasized, and drops ...
In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), protected health information (PHI) is all individually identifiable health information in any form, electronic or non-electronic, that is held or transmitted by a covered entity (health plan, healthcare clearinghouse, or healthcare provider). This includes individually identifiable health information in paper records tha...
In Coding
Feb 12th, 2018
When selecting among E/M codes with “new” and “established” patient categories, most coders know to follow the so-called three year rule. If the provider has seen the patient in the past 36 months, the patient is established. It’s important to stress that the provider must have seen the patient. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...
In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
Physicians won’t have to re-document medical students’ notes in evaluation and management (E/M) documentation any longer. CR10412 revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to allow the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of components of E/M services rather than having to re-document the work. It appears from the change request that some ...
In CMS
Feb 8th, 2018
In 2018, eligible clinicians will attest to Meaningful Use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) through the Quality Payment Program. Medicare eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and dual-eligible hospitals will continue to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, as usual, with the exception of some requirement changes. The 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpa...