In Audit
Aug 9th, 2018
Create a policy that addresses gray areas, optimizes results, and refines documentation. Performing internal provider documentation audits with follow-up education is a very important piece of a corporate compliance plan. The goal is to improve compliance with healthcare regulations, but the process also shows providers you are a valuable resource and improves the coder/provider relationship ...
In CMS
Aug 8th, 2018
During a July 18, 2018 CMS Twitter™ podcast, CMS National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Donald Rucker, M.D. defended the new CMS 2019 proposal to make documentation of the History optional for health records. He was asked, “In light of technology’s thirst for data to identify best practices and construct predictive algorithms, is it possible ...
In CMS
Jul 26th, 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a 22 minute promotional video hosted by Administrator Seema Verma about the agency’s evaluation and management (E/M) payment changes in the 2019 proposed Physician Fee Schedule. The video, more than 22 minutes long and including a panel of CMS-related providers, follows up on an introductory video ...
In CMS
Jul 20th, 2018
If you’ve read about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed changes for the  documentation, coding, and reimbursement of outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) service codes 99201-99215, you probably have some questions (If you haven’t read about the changes, do it!). Now, CMS is providing some answers. Following remarks by CMS Administrator Seema Verma, ...
Jul 19th, 2018
By now, many of you have read or at least heard about the proposed changes to E/M service reporting included in the CMS proposed rule relating to the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  This proposal was published in the July 27, 2018 Federal Register.  Because there are only sixty (60) days to submit comments, the ...