There’s a painful fact about medicine today, one practitioners and healthcare organizations are often hesitant to talk about: Physicians choose to end their lives at a rate of around twice the rest of the general population. Exact numbers are hard to come by because of inaccurate or misleading cause-of-death coding and likely under-reporting. According to ...
Factor children into the risk adjustment equation through awareness. The definition of a pediatric chronic condition is a health problem that lasts over three months, affects the child’s normal activities, and requires many hospitalizations and/or extensive medical care. Approximately 15-18 percent of children in the United States live with a chronic health condition. A pediatric ...
Aug 1st, 2013
Major revisions in CPT’s® Psychiatric section brings changes to reporting mental health services. By Joyce Will, RHIT, CPC Prior to 2013, psychotherapy code sets contained options for reporting services with or without evaluation and management (E/M) components. As of Jan. 1, 2013, any E/M service a psychiatrist performs must be reported using the same E/M ...
Mar 20th, 2013
By Carol Olson, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS Medicare Advantage (MA) reimbursement can trip you up in ways you didn’t expect. If you are seeing MA patients, be mindful of opportunities and pitfalls. MA health plans are reimbursed based on beneficiaries’ chronic conditions. Submitting an inaccurate diagnosis, or a diagnosis resulting in a different ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC and Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CPC-H, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P Part 3: Securing the right care at the right time depends on whether ACOs can incorporate EBM into everyday practice. Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series on health care quality, value, ...