It’s not too early to reach out and ask questions. Annie Boynton, BS, RHIT, CPC, CPCO, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCS, CCS-P Although ICD-10 implementation has been pushed back a year, providers cannot afford to overlook the importance of establishing open lines of communication with vendors and payers. Vendors and payers are on the cutting (and ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By Annie Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT   Use humor, honesty, common sense, and creativity to get your audience motivated. As the Oct. 1, 2014 ICD-10-CM implementation deadline gets closer, time is of the essence to reassess your communications plan for the long road ahead. At its most basic, communications ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC and Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPC-H, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P Part 3: Securing the right care at the right time depends on whether ACOs can incorporate EBM into everyday practice. Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on health care quality, value, ...
Dec 1st, 2012
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT Part 2: As health care moves away from fee-for-service, quality care comes to the forefront. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) have brought the concept of pay for performance (P4P) to health ...
Nov 1st, 2012
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT Editor’s note: Health care reform brings a number of new concepts to coding, billing, compliance, and practice management. The most far reaching—especially from an organizational point of view—are accountable care organizations (ACOs). Below is the first ...