Jun 5th, 2019
Men still command higher salaries than women in the same occupation, according to an article published by the U.S. Census Bureau, and education doesn’t help matters. “While workers with a bachelor’s degree earn about double that of their co-workers without a college education, the difference between men’s and women’s earnings widens with more education,” demographer ...
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May 30th, 2019
To protect the privacy of Medicare recipients and prevent fraudulent use of Social Security Numbers (SSN), a new, unique 11-character Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) is replacing the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status, and claim submissions. The MBI does not change Medicare benefits. What’s Behind the Change? The ...
Be on the lookout for clues to submit a successful appeal. Denials and appeals can be the most frustrating parts of a coder’s job. I have been on both sides of the fence — working pro-fee for a healthcare system, handling denials, and working for a payer, looking at denials. In my experience, there are ...
Apr 10th, 2019
Beginning this month, nine HIPAA-covered entities — a mix of health plans and clearinghouses — will be randomly selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for compliance reviews. Any health plan or clearinghouse — not just those that work with Medicare or Medicaid — may be selected. The CMS Division of National ...
When a physician fills in for another physician, avoid becoming denial crazy by following proper billing requirements. Locum tenens is a physician who fills in for another physician for a period of 60 days or less. Here’s what you should know about locum tenens — or what the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Transmittal 3774, refers ...