Nov 1st, 2012
By Stephen C. Spain, MD, FAAFP, CPC Angela “Annie” Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT Editor’s note: Health care reform brings a number of new concepts to coding, billing, compliance, and practice management. The most far reaching—especially from an organizational point of view—are accountable care organizations (ACOs). Below is the first ...
In Billing
Jan 3rd, 2011
The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) has been revised to include MPFS policy and payment indicator revisions, as well as relevant statutory changes applicable Jan. 1, 2011. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a 2011 MPFS Final Rule Correction Notice to revise some physician work, practice expense (PE) and malpractice (MP) ...
Jan 1st, 2011
By David Behinfar, JD, LLM, CHC, CIPP Health care reform became a reality on March 23, 2010 when President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). A number of the law’s provisions are aimed at reducing and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in health care. We’ll highlight several ...
Aug 27th, 2010
A recent article co-written by top government officials and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine touts the virtues of recent health reform legislation. Robert Kocher, M.D., National Economic Council, special assistant to the president for health care, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., special advisor on health policy, Office of Management and Budget, and White House ...
In Billing
Jul 16th, 2010
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as health reform) has required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revise its final 2010 payment system rules in the past few months. As if keeping up with annual changes to the various ...