Aug 8th, 2017
Last  year, 700,000 veterans made approximately 2 million telehealth appointments at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and other facilities, the agency said. To enhance access to care, the VA rolled out two new initiatives. Appointments  at Hand In an event that included President Donald Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, MD, the VA debuted an ...
In Audit
Apr 28th, 2015
Providers and suppliers who furnish durable medical equipment (DME), clinical laboratory services, imaging services, or home health services to patients on Medicare should be aware of a clarification the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made to ordering and certifying documentation maintenance requirements. CMS has clarified the term “access to documentation” in the ...
In Audit
Jun 18th, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new data and information initiative it says will be a key tool in the agency’s evolution from a fee-for-service based payer to a value-based purchaser of care. A new Office of Information Products and Data Analytics (OIPDA) will oversee CMS’ portfolio of data and information ...
In Audit
Jul 1st, 2011
Plans by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to use “mystery shoppers” to call on physician offices have been scrapped. HHS announced in April its plans to gauge availability of primary care physicians (PCPs) accepting new Medicare patients, assess the timeliness of Medicare services provided to beneficiaries by PCPs, and assess the ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Changes make it quicker and easier to code these complex procedures. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CCIRC, CCC, CCS, RCC Dramatic coding changes for lower extremity endovascular revascularization have been implemented for 2011: Sixteen new Category I CPT® codes (37220-37235) apply to combinations of angioplasty, atherectomy, and stent placement (interventions) performed in lower extremity arteries. ...