The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a new recommendation for obesity screening in children and adolescents. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for obesity in children and adolescents 6 years and older, and offer or refer overweight individuals to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvements in weight status. This recommendation is bas...
Mar 29th, 2017
Community involvement is needed to reduce childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is not an isolated condition. Children who are obese are also at risk of developing diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and other co-morbidities. They may also experience social ridicule, low self-esteem, and depression. Many experts believe schools are a key setting for efforts to prevent childhood obesity. ...
In Audit
Dec 14th, 2012
By Jacqueline Nash Bloink, MBA, CPC-I, CHC There are three types of wellness visits, each of which has different requirements. To know if you are being compliant with requirements and coding correctly, know what each entails: 1. Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE) or the “welcome to Medicare preventive visit” – use code G0402 Initial preventive ...
In Audit
Dec 15th, 2011
Part D prescription fraud is the latest target of efforts to continue identifying, preventing, and recovering fraud, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) announced Dec. 13. CMS is asking Part D prescription drug plan sponsors to stop drug misuse and fraud, especially with pain killers like OxyContin, which are the fifth most filled class of ...
In CMS
Aug 31st, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) concludes that intensive behavioral therapy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) is necessary for it’s prevention or early detection. CMS proposes in a proposed decision memo “to cover one face-to-face CVD risk reduction visit every two years for Medicare beneficiaries who are competent and alert at the time that counseling ...