In Coding
Jan 27th, 2017
If you’re 35 to 44 years old and have children under 18 years old, you’re more likely to switch primary care providers (PCP) if he or she provides telehealth visits. If so, you’re part of 20 percent of the population who’d do so, recent Harris Poll studies indicate. The studies, commissioned by American Well, a telehealth ...
In Audit
May 10th, 2016
Before you code a superficial incision and drainage (I&D) of an abscess, it’s important to know whether the procedure is simple or complicated. During an I&D, the provider makes an incision over and into the abscess cavity and allows it to drain. It may be left open allowing the continuation of drainage, loculations may be broken up ...
In Coding
Feb 10th, 2016
Prepare your clinicians and coders in case infected mosquitoes migrate to the United States. There has been a lot of talk about the Zika virus and its rapid spread through South America. The virus is mainly transmitted to people through mosquito bites of an infected Aedes species (A. aegypti and A. albopictus). These same mosquitoes also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses. One in ...
In CMS
Dec 15th, 2015
A second major physician organization asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to make AAPC a Cooperating Party on the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) joins the American Medical Association (AMA) in recommending AAPC, saying “they represent the interests of individual physicians and healthcare providers who perform ...
Nov 21st, 2015
The United States and New Zealand are the only countries in the world that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs to consumers. In the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) wants to change that, and voted at their 2015 Interim Meeting in Atlanta to do so. In a press release on November 17, AMA Board Chair-elect Patrice Harris, M.D., said, ...