In CMS
Feb 5th, 2018
Texting is convenient, but it isn’t always permissible in a healthcare setting. A recent memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructs that healthcare providers may not text patient orders to one another, although “texting patient information among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a secure platform.” In ...
Apr 4th, 2013
Moving forward with implementation means your participation is vital. If you thought the introduction of the electronic health record (EHR) would change coding, you were absolutely right. The days of sitting in the back office, appending ICD-9-CM codes to paper fee tickets and manually posting charges is, for some practices, in the distant past. Modern ...
Sep 29th, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) wants to use mobile phones to improve public health. “The department has been actively exploring means to capitalize on the rapid proliferation of mobile phone technology and platforms, such as text messaging, to develop programs and/or partnerships with the overall aim of improving public health outcomes,” ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
How do you code BlackBerry thumb? How about cell phone elbow or computer vision syndrome? You won’t find these specific diagnoses in the ICD-9-CM code book, but they’re real and doctors are seeing more and more patients presenting with telltale symptoms, American Medical News reports. Tech-Savvy Patients Present with Modern-day Ailments was last modified: July 5th, ...