These “unique” codes allow more specific diagnosis reporting and statistics. The Defense Health Agency (DHA), which supports the delivery of health services to Military Health System beneficiaries, occasionally requests the National Center for Health Statistics to create new codes. Sometimes when the codes are needed for data collection unique to the Department of Defense (DoD), ...
By Michelle A. Dick Coding Edge asked military health experts to provide insight into the military health system (MHS) and coding. Here’s what they had to say: How does the MHS work? MHS is federally managed medicine for active duty members and their families. According to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Retired) Jeanne Yoder, CPC, ...
In Billing
Mar 2nd, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a stop-work order on development of a central element of the  joint electronic health record (EHR) it is building with the Department of Defense (DoD), according to Federal News Radio. The joint EHR application is being developed under a $102.6 million contract with ASM Research. The project will marry VA’s ...
In Billing
Oct 1st, 2010
Physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) who order and refer items and services for Medicare beneficiaries—even if that’s all they do— must be enrolled in the Medicare program, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The government agency announced recently that it is implementing this requirement as it appears in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; ...
In CMS
Feb 24th, 2009
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds providers not to submit claims for services performed on deceased Medicare beneficiaries. And why not? CMS Clarifies DOS for Ambulance Services was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...