In Audit
Jan 31st, 2018
Instead of posting a yearly work plan for their invesigational efforts, The Office of Inspector General (OIG) now posts Active Work Plan items monthly. It’s because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in June 2017 that it is updating the OIG Work Plan more frequently as an ongoing effort to enhance ...
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older, and offer or refer overweight individuals to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. This recommendation is bas...
In Coding
Sep 6th, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “ICD-10-CM Coding Advice for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath” as a guide when coding healthcare encounters for individuals injured by a hurricane. The document reviews the use of external cause of morbidity codes, which “should be assigned to identify the cause of the injury(ies) incurred as a result ...
In Coding
Jun 16th, 2017
The Washington Post reports, June 15, “Dangerous unproven treatments for ‘chronic Lyme disease’ are on the rise.” According to the Post, patients are being “prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work,” citing a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC report, the term “chronic ...
Jan 18th, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Jan. 13 the presence of a strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae in the United States that was resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs. The infection was isolated from a wound specimen collected on August 19, 2016. The patient, a woman in her 70s, was previously hospitalized in India after ...