May 1st, 2008
10 Telltale Signs a Health Care Provider Is Not Interested in Compliance by Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC Believe it, or not, there are still providers in the health care industry who do not take compliance activities seriously. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) list of ...
Apr 1st, 2008
Avoid confusion by knowing where HCPCS comes from. By Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC There are few measures of the coding community’s breadth as wide as the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes, one of the official HIPAA code sets. Publicly compiled from a number of different sources and used in a ...
Mar 1st, 2007
Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC Medicare’s modernization act and the 2006 tax relief legislation that rolled back the negative Medicare conversion factor give a temporary reprieve to the “TC” technical component when an independent lab furnishes the pathology services as part of a business arrangement. The stay comes to a close on Dec. 31, 2007, which is quite a lengthy extension given that the ...