Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a blanket term for progressive diseases of the lower respiratory tract — most commonly, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Approximately 15.7 million men and women in the United States were reportedly diagnosed with COPD in 2015; millions more are believed to go undiagnosed every year, according to the Centers for ...
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Do your part by knowing the latest coding and billing guidelines. By Renee Dustman Fact No. 1: Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. (Newly upgraded from second place.) Fact No. 2: Colorectal cancer is highly ...
Understand consent laws and other factors that affect HIV diagnosis coding. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Renee Dustman Q : I’ve been told that, depending on the patient’s insurance carrier, a written consent must be obtained from the patient before an HIV diagnosis may be reported on a claim form. I’ve had no luck researching the ...
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Dec 15th, 2014
At first glance, a recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seems to suggest that prescribers of Medicare Part D drugs have been given a six-month reprieve from certain program requirements that were supposed to go into effect June 1, 2015. If you read the article in its entirety, however, you learn otherwise. The “Medicare ...
With the right tools and the right attitude, your practice can stand up to claims payment scrutiny. By Michelle Ann Richards, CPC, CPCO, CPMA, CPPM, and Renee Dustman On June 25, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that its Fraud Prevention System identified or prevented $210 million in improper Medicare payments during ...