In Billing
Jan 13th, 2016
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published on January 12 a final recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer. Sticking with its 2015 draft recommendation, the Task Force confirmed that screening mammography is effective in reducing deaths due to breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74 years. The independent, volunteer panel of experts in evidence-based ...
May 1st, 2012
Better Documentation + Better Compliance = Better Quality of Care By Richard Skaff Behavioral health has struggled with regulatory compliance, including documentation, billing and coding, treatment plans, and medical necessity. A “top down” approach to address shortcomings in behavioral health practice and diagnostics is the ultimate solution, but common sense and improved documentation will go ...
May 1st, 2012
With so many different interpretations to coding rules, your practice can’t afford not to create one. By Pam Brooks, CPC If coding were described as a color, it would be gray. Even with CPT®, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS Level II guidelines, and despite regulatory guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office ...
In Billing
Mar 16th, 2012
UnitedHealthcare has expanded its coverage of Gardasil®. Effective Feb. 1, 2012, the insurer will cover the HPV4 vaccine for both females and males aged 9-26 years, according to UnitedHealthcare’s March 2012 Network Bulletin. This coverage is based on new recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in October 2011 for Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Ty...
In CMS
Oct 15th, 2010
The Institute of Medicine (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, will conduct a one-year consensus study aimed at ensuring that health information technology (HIT) achieves its full potential for improving patient safety in health care. The study will be carried out under a $989,000 contract awarded by the Office of the ...