Dec 2nd, 2008
Come Jan. 1, 2009, medical personnel are not allowed to have a bad day. That’s when new standards introduced by The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) in a July 9 sentinel event alert are slated to go into effect. “Intimidating and disruptive behaviors include overt actions such as verbal outbursts and ...
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Nov 12th, 2008
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus published his plan for health care reform on Nov. 12, and it bears striking resemblance to President-elect Barack Obama’s plan. The message is the same: universal coverage, hopefully reduce health care costs, and potentially  improve quality care. Democratic Health Care Reform Plan Unveiled was last modified: January 27th, 2016 ...
Nov 1st, 2008
More than $13 million in settlement disbursements were mailed out to physicians who submitted valid claims in the Highmark and Capital Blue Cross lawsuits, reported the American Medical Association’s (AMA) eVoice. Physicians: The Check is in the Mail was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...
Apr 1st, 2008
Avoid confusion by knowing where HCPCS comes from. By Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC There are few measures of the coding community’s breadth as wide as the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes, one of the official HIPAA code sets. Publicly compiled from a number of different sources and used in a ...
Apr 1st, 2007
By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC The 2007 CPT codes offer OB/GYN coders many new choices, although some may take a little time to get to know their way around. On the upside, the American Medical Association (AMA) increased options for coding hysterectomies with five new codes (58541-58544, 58548) that represent the less invasive laparoscopic approach. A new code in the medicine section recognizes the work...