In Coding
Jul 26th, 2016
If telehealth is the wave of the future, we’re still in the Dark Ages. The public has an ongoing opportunity to submit requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for adding or removing services from the list of Medicare-covered telehealth services. This year, however, CMS is proposing not to add the majority of ...
In Coding
Mar 30th, 2016
Despite a chilly reception, ICD-10 was successfully implemented on October 1, 2015. Now it’s time to heat things up. At the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting, March 9-10, 2016, stakeholders proposed 1,900 code changes to ICD-10-CM and several last-minute changes to the ICD-10-PCS code set, which already has 3,651 new codes approved for October 1, 2016 ...
Jan 29th, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure that providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements. In response to input from healthcare providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs: ...
Understand two proposed rules and what they could mean for you. By Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC, CPCO, and Drew Krieger, MBA The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released two proposed rules in May 2014 that would expand its authority to exclude individuals and entities from federal healthcare programs, and to impose civil monetary penalties (CMPs) ...
Sep 1st, 2014
In a few short months, new coding and payment regulations will take effect. Are you ready? By Barbara Aubry, RN, CPC, CHCQM, FAIHQ On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that will update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule ...