In CMS
Oct 9th, 2017
Medical centers in Mississippi and South Carolina have been named Telehealth Centers of Excellence by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), making them Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) primary research facilities for telemedicine. Each organization receives $600,000 in initial grants with the opportunity to receive $2 million in funding for two years. ...
Jun 15th, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect2Health task force has updated its data of on-line access for chronically ill, rural Americans. The news isn’t encouraging. In Mapping Broadband Health in America, the FCC identified additional rural/urban gaps in care, especially for a growing number of chronically ill  patients whose nearby medical facilities have closed. The initia...
In Coding
Aug 2nd, 2016
Hypertensive heart disease refers to a group of disorders that includes heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and left ventricular hypertrophy. It is the number one cause of death associated with high blood pressure. Documentation must state (heart failure due to hypertension) or imply a causal relationship (hypertensive heart failure) to assign a code from category ...
In Billing
Jul 25th, 2016
Medicare allows separate payment under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for non-face-to-face care coordination services furnished on or after Jan. 1, 2015, to Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes and depression). With only one code describing chronic care management (CCM), coding is straightforward. This may change in 2017. Proposed Changes In the 2017 ...
Aug 4th, 2015
by Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, COC, CIC, CCS Respiratory failure is a condition in which not enough oxygen passes from the lungs into the blood. The body’s organs, such as heart and brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work well. It can also occur if the lungs cannot properly remove carbon dioxide (a waste gas) ...