In CMS
Dec 22nd, 2017
2017 was a rough year. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria battered parts of Florida and devastated Puerto Rico. Wildfires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system tied to improved health outcomes and reduced spending — two things that are impossible to control in ...
Jul 1st, 2016
Without enforcing a policy for when it’s acceptable for healthcare professionals to use cellphones, a patient’s life could be at risk. Let’s face it: We have become a society tied to our cellphones. They connect us to friends and family, games, directions, events, photos, business transactions, and even patient emails in an instant. They are ...
In Billing
May 31st, 2016
Does your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) require modifier JW Drug amount discarded/not administered to any patient on claims with discarded drugs or biologicals? Check your policy because, if it doesn’t now, it will soon. MACs have until July 5, 2016, to implement a recent revision to the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 17, Section 40, ...
View reporting as an improvement to your compliance process, potentially saving you hefty fines. By Erica Lindsay, PharmD, MBA, JD Employees are key resources for identifying and reporting compliance and ethics violations in your organization. Encourage and support reporting options for employees, including self-disclosure and anonymous reporting. The sooner a violation is identified and resolved, ...
Part 2: Fix patient registration errors to restore your practice’s financial health. By Linda Martien, CPC, CPC-H, CPMA The accuracy of patient registration is an important factor in whether claims are paid or denied. Overcoming registration errors is instrumental to the financial health of your practice, and requires consistent policies and procedures, education, and accountability. ...