In CMS
Jul 7th, 2019
The Seattle Children’s Hospital has reopened  its 14 operating rooms after removing mold that it said killed one child and sickened five in 2018. Originally discovered last year, a May discovery was one of many that prompted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to threaten the hospital’s Medicare provider agreement. According to Fox ...
In Billing
Apr 17th, 2019
Healthcare administration, including medical coding and billing, makes up a huge part of America’s healthcare bill, according to a paper by the Center for American Progress (CAP). Administration Complexity The complexity of all administrative activities include everything from duplicative forms, transferring records, managing claims, and other activities, but CAP estimates payers and provider...
In Coding
Mar 29th, 2019
Here’s a new twist in automation for medical coders when charging 99000 and 99001. How about sending medical samples by drone to the lab? Drones Carry Lab Samples Lab-bound samples at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, North Carolina are riding autonomous drones in a pilot project that’s part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft ...
In Billing
Feb 25th, 2019
Pilots do it. Bird watchers do it. Even surgeons are starting to do it. Are you taking advantage of checklists to help your medical coding and billing? Rocket Scientists Use Checklists Coding can be – as the saying goes – more complicated than rocket science.  Not only are you translating a provider’s impressions, judgments, actions ...
In Billing
Jan 31st, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (SNF ABN), last spring, and at the same time discontinued five Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Denial Letters. Here are the details, in case you missed them. An Updated Advanced Beneficiary Notice MLN Matters MM10567 Revised, effective April ...