May 1st, 2012
Better Documentation + Better Compliance = Better Quality of Care By Richard Skaff Behavioral health has struggled with regulatory compliance, including documentation, billing and coding, treatment plans, and medical necessity. A “top down” approach to address shortcomings in behavioral health practice and diagnostics is the ultimate solution, but common sense and improved documentation will go ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Take a logical approach to ICD-10 and see the international benefits. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I You’ve probably heard stories about other countries’ ICD-10 implementation woes. Studies indicate it took a year or more for productivity to rebound in other countries following ICD-10 adoption—and most of those countries only implemented 20,000 or fewer new ...
Apr 1st, 2008
Instill Order When Government Investigators Knock at Your Door By Julie E. Chicoine, JD, RN, CPC Without a moment’s notice, federal and state agency investigators can show up at a health care provider’s office or a facility to investigate suspected fraud. Under such circumstances, clinicians, business managers and coding staff members of physician practices, hospitals, ...