The number of eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) that successfully met and attested to Stage 1 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) has been tabulated for 2011, and the number is better than many had predicted. According to a white paper by RTI International, prepared for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ...
In Coding
Jan 29th, 2013
History and physicals before surgery can be potholes in the road for reimbursement if reported incorrectly. Watch the circumstances under which the physical is performed to prevent a fiscal flat tire. In most cases, if the surgeon performs a history and physical (H&P) to clear a patient for a scheduled surgery, you should not report ...
Aug 1st, 2012
By Erin Andersen, CPC, CHC The age of electronic health records (EHRs) has begun. The days of deciphering illegible chicken scratches, cajoling busy physicians to write more than 10 words, and extensive searches for missing charts will one day be extinct. The EHR allows coders to work from home, promises a more complete record, timesaving ...
In Billing
Jan 3rd, 2011
A comprehensive history and physical (H&P) may be performed on the same day as the surgical procedure in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC) “as long as the H&P is performed by qualified personnel, is comprehensive, and is placed in the patient’s ASC medical record prior to surgery,”  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently ...
Oct 15th, 2010
HP Enterprise Services announced Oct. 13 that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the technology company a $26 million contract to support the agency in administering the federally legislated electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. CMS Awards HP $26 Million for EHR Incentive Support was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by ...