In Coding
Sep 10th, 2010
The Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) announced Sept. 7 plans to expand the process of accrediting ambulatory health care organizations to those who are also interested in electing the Primary Care Home option. JCAHO Expands Ambulatory Organizations’ Accrediting Process was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...
Aug 1st, 2010
Coding crossroads to health care’s future leave auditors in high demand. By Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC, CPCD, CCS-P Well over 20 years ago documentation was generated by the provider only as an information source for patient care. The information was housed in the patient’s chart and kept in a file ...
Feb 15th, 2010
The Joint Commission is revising its Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong site, Wrong Procedure, Wrong Person Surgery™ (UP) to clarify a site marking rule. While the protocol has previously stated that site marking alternatives are necessary in “interventional procedure cases for which the catheter/instrument insertion site is not predetermined (for example, cardiac catheterization, pacemaker in...
In Billing
Feb 1st, 2010
Come Jan. 1, 2012, a provision in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requires all suppliers of the technical component (TC) of advanced diagnostic imaging services suppliers to be accredited by an accreditation organization designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). To that end, the Centers for Medicare ...
In CMS
Apr 30th, 2009
The new federal effort to establish a mandatory electronic medical records (EMR) system in providers’ offices and facilities is being likened to the health information industry’s “Oklahoma land rush.” But critics, health care workers, and health information system industry leaders are expressing caution, a Business Week article says. EMRs – the New “Land Rush” was ...