In Coding
Apr 8th, 2019
A doctor notes in a patient’s medical record, “C. auris.” How do you code this? Hopefully, you’ll never come across this diagnosis in a chart beyond this hypothetical scenario, but the odds you will are increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers C. auris an emerging pathogen because increasing numbers of infections ...
In CMS
Jan 27th, 2012
A new list of “other” HCPCS Level II codes and modifiers to be added or removed for the second quarter of 2012 is now posted on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website. CMS is deleting two modifiers added just two years ago, adding five temporary (non-Medicare) “S” codes that describe a mixed ...
In Billing
Jul 29th, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued on July 13 an infection prevention guide and checklist for outpatient care settings. Based on existing CDC infection prevention guidance, the “Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care” and its companion “Infection Prevention Checklist for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expect...
Sep 10th, 2010
Does your practice reuse single-dose medication vials? You may be surprised to learn that more than three-fourths (77 percent) of the facility managers who responded to an Outpatient Surgery Magazine online poll answered “Yes.” The results of the August poll are alarming, but may explain the findings of a recent pilot study of the Centers for Disease Control ...
In CMS
Jul 16th, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) updated July 7 HealthCare.gov’s Hospital Compare website with quality data on the rates of outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for low back pain, outpatient re-tests after a screening mammogram, and two ratios that explain how frequently outpatient departments gave patients “double” computed tomography (CT) scans “when ...