In CMS
Jan 16th, 2015
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS),  is resigning and will be replaced by Andy Slavitt, a former Optum executive, according to several sources. Tavenner, the former health secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, joined the agency five years ago. She directed CMS during the roughest waters of Obamacare and ICD-10 ...
Make the most of the reprieve to prepare for the inevitable. By Melissa Weintraub, CPC I watched the actions of Congress on March 27 and March 31 with bated breath. It came as no surprise that they put another “patch” over the festering Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula to forestall a severe cut in Medicare payments to ...
May 1st, 2012
The future depends on the specificity that ICD-10 offers. By Annie Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT As Coding Edge went to press, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had just announced a proposed one-year delay of the implementation of ICD-10 to Oct. 1, 2014 from Oct. ...
In CMS
Jul 16th, 2010
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) updated July 7 HealthCare.gov’s Hospital Compare website with quality data on the rates of outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for low back pain, outpatient re-tests after a screening mammogram, and two ratios that explain how frequently outpatient departments gave patients “double” computed tomography (CT) scans “when ...