In Billing
Jul 17th, 2019
A new Medicare program aims to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in patients 60 and older by 71 percent. The goal of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), rolled out last year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is to help patients achieve at least 5 percent weight loss. Obesity ...
In Coding
Mar 22nd, 2019
Tuberculosis seems old fashioned, a disease from 19th century novels, but it continues to infect Americans every year, and medical coders address it in all specialties. Outbreaks in dense populations without adequate healthcare feed the spread of the disease. Tuberculosis Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified in 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch. The disease was endemic and, ...
Nov 14th, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday during a telebriefing that it will track the long-term outcomes of all acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) cases from this year and previous years. As it stands, the number of actual AFM cases and long-term outcomes are unknown because of inadequate tracking. The CDC is taking ...
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...