In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
A proposed rule by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entitled “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority” will cost the healthcare industry more than $125.5 million in the first year, and many worry resulting litigation will cost at least that much. Conscience Rule Includes Immunization, Advance Directives The 216-page ...
In Coding
Feb 6th, 2018
Flu season is here, prompting a great deal of confusion about how to code.  I decided to spend some time on the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and other resources to try to clarify the murky in this very sick flu season. Caring for the flu is divided into different parts. It includes the ...
In Coding
Aug 1st, 2017
Perfect coding isn’t hard if you follow the rules — give it a shot. August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them.” Here’s ...
AAPC’s Vice President of Member and Certification Development, Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPMA, CPPM ,CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC shared six tips to help medical practices charge correctly for immunizations. Jimenez’s tips are a “must read” for providers, especially family practices and those regularly administering vaccinations. Read her tips to get the most out of your reimbursem...
In Coding
Aug 21st, 2014
When immunizations are performed, you should submit codes for both the administration and vaccine supply; however, a code for the vaccine is not reported if the vaccine is given to the provider for free, the patient brings the supply, or the supply is provided as part of a clinical trial. There are three sets of ...