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Health Information Compliance Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

The unauthorized disclosure of just one patient’s PHI has proven to be of significant concern to the Office of Civil Rights. Neglecting to keep pace with evolving HIPAA regulations poses risk.

Is your HIPAA compliance program current? Tackle security risks head on with expert guidance in your annual e-subscription to Health Information Compliance Alert.

Our HIPAA experts will equip you to establish protocols for preventing and responding to the unauthorized disclosure of your patients’ PHI. We also address IT-related targets and top-trending sources of data breach — including insider threats.

Secure the Frontlines and Back Doors to Your Patients’ PHI

Stay up to date on federal and state regulations, Promoting Interoperability, telehealth laws, HITECH, and cybersecurity news.

Among the must-know guidance packed in each monthly issue, you’ll benefit from real-world strategies and tools to nail down risk assessments, tighten up EHR privacy and security, ramp up risk management, train staff, and more.

5 Reasons to Subscribe to Health Information Compliance Alert

  • Save Time: No more wading through web pages and obscure language to find the HIPAA compliance information you need. It’s all in Health Information Compliance Alert, written in an easy-to-understand format.
  • At-a-Glance Tools: Download clip-and-save cheat sheets and checklists covering the spectrum of HIPAA risk management components, as well as requirements for programs such as Promoting Interoperability.
  • Comprehensive Resource: Your e-subscription includes online access to a keyword-searchable archive of every Health Information Compliance Alert issue.
  • Reader’s Q&A: Get expert solutions to the toughest privacy and electronic claims compliance questions asked by organizations like yours.
  • Learn and Earn: Get 6 CEUs with your annual subscription to Health Information Compliance Alert. CEUs may be applied toward your CPC or CPCO.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

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Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
 
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.

Category

eNewsletter Title

Frequency

Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert

Monthly

Cardiology Coding Alert

Monthly

E/M Coding Alert

Monthly

ED Coding Alert

Monthly

Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Monthly

General Surgery Coding Alert

Monthly

ICD-10 Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurosurgery Coding Alert

Monthly

Ob-gyn Coding Alert

Monthly

Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert

Monthly

Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert

Monthly

Orthopedic Coding Alert

Monthly

Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Monthly

Path/Lab Coding Alert

Monthly

Pediatric Coding Alert

Monthly

Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert

Monthly

Primary Care Coding Alert

Monthly

Pulmonology Coding Alert

Monthly

Radiology Coding Alert

Monthly

Urology Coding Alert

Monthly

Compliance

Health Information Compliance Alert

Monthly

Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement

Biweekly

Part B Insider

Monthly

Practice Management Alert

Monthly

Post-Acute

Home Care Week

Weekly

Hospice Insider

Monthly

MDS Alert

Monthly

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