In Billing
May 9th, 2018
Since the implementation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice services has grown from 513,000 in 2000 to nearly 1.5 million in 2017. Over the years, there have been changes in the diagnosis patterns among Medicare hospice enrollees — largely due to changes in coverage. In 2002, lung cancer ...
Know the stages, signs, and diagnosis coding of this progressive disease. By Charlotte Ann Wyatt, CPC, AAPC Fellow Alzheimer’s disease, named after the physician Alois Alzheimer, is the most common cause of dementia among older people. It is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Individuals with advanced Alzheimer’s must depend ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By Trina Cuppett, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I Factor in the assessment, behavioral disturbances, and cause. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and senility are often confused and mistakenly grouped together as if these conditions were synonymous. By differentiating these terms, you can be more confident assigning diagnosis codes to accurately reflect clinical documentation. Define Dementia Dementia is a broad term ...
Aug 13th, 2010
After more than 25 years, the criteria widely used to describe the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), commonly referred to as the NINCDS-ADRDA criteria, have been updated to reflect new advancements in the pathology and profession of the disorder. The proposed guideline changes are intended to help physicians recognize early warning signs of the ...
In CMS
Nov 30th, 2009
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is phasing out the outpatient mental health treatment limitation (the limitation) over a five-year period, from 2010-2014. At the end of the five-year period, Medicare will pay outpatient mental health services at the same rate as other Part B services ― that is, at 80 percent of the ...