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Issue #127 - June 17, 2009
AAPC EdgeBlast

H1N1 Prompts ICD-9-CM Code Expansion
As part of the 2009 Addenda for ICD-9-CM, the three digit codes 487 and 488 have been expanded and revised to provide data capture for the novel H1N1 influenza A virus (swine flu). Read more »

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OIG to Recover $2.4B in First Half of FY2009
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) submitted its semiannual report to Congress, reporting an expected $2.4 billion in recoveries the first half of the fiscal year. Recoveries were made from providers, drug companies, other agencies, and even four states. Read more »

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CMS Releases July 2009 I/OCE v10.2
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the July 2009 Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) Specifications, version 10.2. This quarter’s update hosts a number of noteworthy changes that go into effect July 1. Read more »

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Smartphones May Ease EMR Adoption
A research firm suggests the increasing popularity of sophisticated cell phones among physicians will dramatically alter the transition to electronic medical records (EMRs) in a way incentives and legislation cannot. Read more »

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New Policy, Modifiers for Never Events
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated its Medicare benefit and claims processing policies to reflect National Coverage Determinations (NCD) for noncoverage of certain surgical never events. Read more »

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What Does Dr. Blumenthal Think?
Want to know what President Obama’s National Coordinator for Health Information Technology thinks and how what he envisions will affect you and your practice? Check out this interview in Health IT News. Read more »

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Coding Tips
DMEPOS July 2009 Update Calls for Action
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SNF PPS Adds Single Code in October Update
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Changes to CLIA Waived Tests
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Mild HCPCS Drug/Bio Changes for July
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Oxaliplatin a Source of Contention for Hospitals
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Exception for Same Day Surgery in ASC
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IPPS 2010: Embolism, Thrombosis Codes Clarified
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Midwest Doctors Call for Investigation into Anthem
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PPO Contracting Resource Available
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St. Louis Podiatrist Indicted for Medicare Fraud
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Do You Have an EMR Story?
Do any of you have a story to tell about the purchase of an EMR system for your practice? How long did it take to install? How much did it cost? Was it easy to use? Has it accomplished what you wanted? Are your physicians seeing the same, more or less patients per day since? Do the physicians like it? We’d love to hear from you! Please send your stories directly to reed.e.pew@aapc.com

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Featured Items
H1N1 Code Expansion
OIG $2.4B Recovery
I/OCE Version 10.2
Smartphones & EMRs
Modifiers for Never Events
Interview w/Dr. Blumenthal
Coding Tips
Medical News
Test Yourself Online
Coding Job Links

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