In Coding
Feb 6th, 2018
Flu season is here, prompting a great deal of confusion about how to code.  I decided to spend some time on the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and other resources to try to clarify the murky in this very sick flu season. Caring for the flu is divided into different parts. It includes the ...
Nov 12th, 2014
Under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, covered entities and business associates (BA) may disclose patients’ protected health information (PHI) without a signed authorization for treatment, payment, or healthcare operations (TPO) reasons. Examples include: Doctors and/or hospitals (that are covered entities) may share information with one another for treatment reasons. Patients’ information may also be relea...
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 health information available online, the patient/provider relationship is changing. By Ida Landry, CPC The Internet and telephone have become increasingly popular methods for providing medical assistance and enhancing patients’ health care experience. Combined with supplementing face-to-face office visits, these alternative services offer a quality of care not seen since the days of the house ...
In Billing
Feb 10th, 2012
Most patients don’t realize the differences among screening, diagnosis, and treatment. When a patient comes into the office for a preventive visit and it turns into acute care, many patients think their insurance will cover the bill. In actuality, the “free preventive care” that results in a diagnosis or follow-up treatment is not considered a ...