There’s a painful fact about medicine today, one practitioners and healthcare organizations are often hesitant to talk about: Physicians choose to end their lives at a rate of around twice the rest of the general population. Exact numbers are hard to come by because of inaccurate or misleading cause-of-death coding and likely under-reporting. According to ...
In CMS
May 10th, 2019
Rules are changed for teaching physicians documenting Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes being reported to Medicare July 29, 2019. These changes are part of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) revamp of E/M payments. This will affect medical coders and billers, especially those working in clinical documentation improvement. Changes Part of E/M Revamp ...
In Billing
Mar 12th, 2019
Physicians and practices are being snatched up by hospitals at an ever increasing rate, according to an advocacy group and as consulting company, and this may have an impact on medical coding in around 80,000 hospital-owned practices. Hospitals Racing to Acquire Data compiled by Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) and consulting company Avalere Health indicates hospitals ...
In Billing
May 8th, 2018
Knee orthoses are one of the highest sources of errors, a letter from CGS to providers warns, and the Medicare Administrative Contractor’s (MAC) wants providers to be more careful with documentation and reporting. How Do We Get Paid? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires medical necessity for the diagnosis or treatment of the ...
In CMS
Feb 12th, 2018
Physicians won’t have to re-document medical students’ notes in evaluation and management (E/M) documentation any longer. CR10412 revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual to allow the teaching physician to verify in the medical record any student documentation of components of E/M services rather than having to re-document the work. It appears from the change request that some ...