A quick review of the HIPAA Privacy Rule can help to guide healthcare entities on the proper way to share information in emergency situations. By Jillian Harrington, EdD, MHA, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CEMC, CCS, CCS-P, AAPC Fellow Following several situations that have recently occurred, such as the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the weather related disasters in Florida ...
In Audit
Jan 25th, 2018
MLN Connects® for Thursday, January 25, 2018 View this edition as a PDF News & Announcements VA, HHS Announce Partnership to Strengthen Prevention of Fraud, Waste and Abuse Efforts CMS Updates Open Payments Data Improved Open Payments Data Website IRF and LTCH Quality Reporting Programs: Submission Deadline February 15 Panel on Development of Potentially Preventable ...
In CMS
Dec 22nd, 2017
2017 was a rough year. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria battered parts of Florida and devastated Puerto Rico. Wildfires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system tied to improved health outcomes and reduced spending — two things that are impossible to control in ...
Sep 12th, 2017
Telehealth vendors like MDLive, Doctor on Demand, Teledoc, and others offered free on-line services to victims of Texas-ravishing Hurricane Harvey. Now, the telehealth industry is providing the same services in Florida and Georgia to victims of Hurricane Irma. Florida-based Nemours Children’s Health chipped in to help Texas victims, and Fierce Healthcare reports they and others are doing ...
In Coding
Sep 6th, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “ICD-10-CM Coding Advice for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath” as a guide when coding healthcare encounters for individuals injured by a hurricane. The document reviews the use of external cause of morbidity codes, which “should be assigned to identify the cause of the injury(ies) incurred as a result ...