Intermountain Healthcare recently combined 35 telehealth programs into what it calls a “virtual hospital,” touting the new service’s ability to reach underserved areas. Connect Care Pro will not only service patients directly, but cut healthcare costs for inpatients, the system says. Telehealth is Broad Solution The Utah-based system has 22 hospitals, including regional facilities...
Jun 26th, 2017
Be sure your facility is ready for the new emergency preparedness requirements by the Nov. 15, 2017 compliance date. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instituted new emergency preparedness requirements for health facilities, long-term care facilities, hospices, large physician practices/clinics, psychiatric residential treatment centers, and community mental health centers, ...
Awareness plays a role in recent and forthcoming code changes. Over the past four years, major changes have occurred in mental health coding and drug screen services. These originated partly due to CPT® codebook changes, as well as political pressure, high profile deaths, and changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. ...
Apr 6th, 2016
On March 29, the Centers or Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a mental health and substance use disorder parity rule for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. The final rule will bolster access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans. The final rule was announced during the President ...
If you provide care for patients with mental illness, understand the nuances of this final rule. As of January 6, there’s a new HIPAA final rule. Formally known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) final rule, it’s been nicknamed the “gun ...