Feb 14th, 2018
Sexual harassment isn’t just a Hollywood problem coming into the limelight. It’s in nearly every workplace, including hospitals and physician practices. To help ensure your healthcare organization avoids incidents of sexual harassment, it’s important to have strict policies in place and to make sure your employees understand what constitutes inappropriate conduct. What Is Sexual Harassment? ...
Understand consent laws and other factors that affect HIV diagnosis coding. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Renee Dustman Q : I’ve been told that, depending on the patient’s insurance carrier, a written consent must be obtained from the patient before an HIV diagnosis may be reported on a claim form. I’ve had no luck researching the ...
Apr 1st, 2012
To keep designated health services in the clear, know Stark regulations and their exceptions. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC Physicians and their practices are undergoing increased government scrutiny with regard to their referrals and financial relationships for health care services. At the heart of this scrutiny lies the physician self-referral law, known as ...
Aug 1st, 2011
As a coder, you are liable for more than you may think. By David M. Vaughn, JD, CPC In the federal criminal arena, you can be liable both for performing an illegal act and for aiding and abetting a criminal act performed by superiors. You also may be liable for helping superiors to avoid getting ...
Nov 12th, 2010
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced Nov. 5 that it has developed a new resource designed to help medical students and new physicians understand the various health care fraud and abuse laws. OIG “Roadmap” Guides New Doctors to Compliance was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...