In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
Feb 8th, 2013
The different facets of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) are steadily gaining more recognition, as noted in an article recently published in Advance for Health Information Professionals. Wendy M. Gorrie, CPC, RHIT, CCS, explains some of the expected benefits offered through these types of treatments and points out that they’re gaining traction with entities such as ...
In Coding
Jun 1st, 2012
Diabetes patients have seen a decline in death rates due to better medical management and treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A study published by the American Diabetes Association in the journal Diabetes Care, “Trends in Death Rates Among U.S. Adults With and ...
In CMS
Apr 1st, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a national coverage analyses (NCA) on intensive behavioral therapy for obesity (IBTO). The agency is considering adding this screening to the list of preventive services already covered by Medicare, such as Pap smear and screening pelvic exams, screening mammograms, colorectal cancer screening tests, and diabetes screening ...
Jan 1st, 2011
By Jillian Harrington, MHA, CPC, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCS-P In December’s Coding Edge, we examined the 2011 OIG Work Plan from the perspective of the physician practice (“Center a Work Plan Around 2011 OIG Activities,” pages 44-45). This month, we’ll take a look at items affecting the hospital setting. There are several new items in the ...