May 16th, 2017
If you code for dialysis services provided to Medicare patients, you’ll be interested to know about a new modifier the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created to capture non-covered hemodialysis (HD) treatments provided to Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Coverage Parameters Hemodialysis is typically furnished three times per week in sessions of three to five hours ...
Jan 3rd, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Dec. 29, 2010 a final rule establishing performance standards for dialysis facilities and providing pay-for-performance adjustments to individual end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD) facilities. The ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) is a companion piece to the ESRD Prospective Payment System (PPS), which is effective Jan. 1, 2011. ...
Jun 1st, 2010
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) who supports emergency department (ED) physicians, I am often asked how to code appropriately for the physician component of critical care services in the ED. In response, I created these 10 commandments of critical care coding in the emergency room (ER). 1. Thou Shalt ...
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Nov 2nd, 2009
The Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative (FFBI) has released a strategic plan for achieving the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) goal that two-thirds (66 percent) of prevalent hemodialysis patients will use an arteriovenous (AV) fistula as their primary method of vascular access. Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative Provides Roadmap to Reach Goal of 66% was last ...