Dec 11th, 2015
First quarter results of the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program show that a number of hospitals are off to a rough start in fiscal year (FY) 2016, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Specifically, 758 out of 3,308 hospitals will incur a 1 percent payment reduction to all Medicare discharges occurring between ...
In Billing
Jun 10th, 2011
Medicaid is following the lead of Medicare and will stop paying for about two dozen “never events” in hospitals, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register on June 1. The rule nationalizes a nonpayment policy already implemented in 21 states, preventing funds from being used to pay for services that “result from certain preventable health ...
In CMS
May 31st, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health released, May 13, a new interactive training video designed to help hospitals and other health care settings prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Partnering to Heal: Teaming Up Against Healthcare-Associated Infections teaches viewers how to prevent the most prevalent HAIs by ...
Apr 17th, 2009
The U.S. guidelines for preventing and treating HIV-associated opportunistic infections have been given a complete update for the first time in five years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports. Changes Made to HIV Infections Guidelines was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...
May 1st, 2008
by Sheri Poe Bernard, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P CPT® and ICD-9-CM code selection for lacerations and their repair is a simple task if you break down coding criteria into simple components. Length, Location, and Type For CPT®, integumentary repair codes specify length, location and type of wound repair. Codes are selected by: Laceration length in centimeters ...