Aug 21st, 2015
No one wants to be the bearer of bad news, especially when it involves the death of someone you’re caring for. After all, it’s ingrained in provider ethics to save lives and to “be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights” (American Medical Association (AMA) Principles of Medical Ethics). That’s ...
In CMS
Aug 6th, 2015
CMS and the AMA stated, July 6, that they are making joint efforts to help the provider community get ready for ICD-10. This statement included guidance from CMS allowing for flexibility in the claims auditing and quality reporting processes. In response to questions from the health care community, CMS has released “Clarifying Questions and Answers ...
In an interview with Health Leaders, Rhonda Buckholtz, AAPC vice president of ICD-10 training responded to concerns expressed by W. Jeff Terry, MD about the upcoming implementation. Buckholtz addresses the broad list of codes used in ICD-10, new documentation requirements, and more. Read the interview at this link. Health Leaders: ICD-10 Experts Push Back on ...
Jul 23rd, 2015
The American Medical Association (AMA) released this month errata and technical corrections to its CPT® 2015. It also released new and revised vaccine codes, scheduled to appear in the CPT® 2016. 2015 Errata Revised is the exclusionary parenthetical note following code 88344 Immunohistochemistry or immunocytochemistry, per specimen; initial single antibody stain procedure to instruct reporting ...
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2015
A few days after the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a compromise regarding ICD-10 implementation, CMS published a short Q&A regarding new rules. The Q&A outlines the its new Ombudsman role, and how long practitioners can file Part B claims with incorrect ICD-10 codes before penalty. Here’s ...