In Billing
Jul 28th, 2015
by John Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing a change to the “Two-Midnight Rule” enacted Oct. 1, 2013. The rule requires that providers admit patients to inpatient status only if the provider expects the patient will require inpatient care “that crosses at least two midnights.” If the patient ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Dorothy Steed, CPA, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, RCC, RMC Be ready if a hospital employment opportunity arises in a facility near you. In our changing health care environment, there may come a time when you need to look beyond your physician practice and branch out in another direction. For ...
Feb 15th, 2013
By Dorothy Steed, CPAR, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, RCC, RMC Same-day hospital readmission trends remain a bone of contention for the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as indicated in the agency’s 2013 Work Plan. Not only is there concern for possible premature discharge, there are certain reporting requirements that ...
In CMS
Aug 11th, 2011
Now consumers can access all of Medicare’s Compare tools using the Quality Care Finder—a new tool that operates much like a one-stop shopping center for comparison information on hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, and more. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the new tool in addition to an updated Hospital Compare website and ...
In Billing
Jul 1st, 2011
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) considers several health care matters in its June 2011 Report to the Congress: “Medicare and the Healthcare Delivery System,” but what is making the most waves among the industry are the recommendations pertaining to ancillary services. A new payment system is in order, MedPAC says in the report; one that would reward ...