Jun 1st, 2014
When it comes to your employees’ health and safety, show that you set OSHA standards. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC, CPCO and Michelle A. Dick On-the-job safety wasn’t always a priority in the United States. Before the late 19th century, workers had no protection from occupational hazards. Workers were often injured, subjected to ...
Coding Compass: Facility A revision to the 2014 IPPS final rule helps to clarify the “two-midnight” rule. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC, CPCO All too often, chronically ill, medically fragile patients present to a hospital’s emergency department (ED) or outpatient clinic with exacerbation of chronic problems the patient and family members cannot manage alone. ...
Make sure it’s ethical to accept tokens of appreciation, and have a policy in place if it’s not. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC, CPCO The holidays are upon us. The season of giving starts weeks before Halloween, when store shelves are already filled with yummy treats. Then, before the last child rings your ...
Apr 1st, 2012
To keep designated health services in the clear, know Stark regulations and their exceptions. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC Physicians and their practices are undergoing increased government scrutiny with regard to their referrals and financial relationships for health care services. At the heart of this scrutiny lies the physician self-referral law, known as ...
Aug 1st, 2010
Understand the risks if you miscode. By Michelle A. Dick When claims for provider services aren’t coded and billed properly, financial liability often falls on the provider. What happens when the coder or biller is to blame for sloppy coding or claims processing? Do coders need to pay? Individual Liability for Fraudulent Billing The Federal ...