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Regulatory Compliance

Get 3M’s perspective on the latest updates from CMS and other important regulatory changes. Find expert advice to help you stay compliant.

Balance billing dual eligibles: Taking advantage of the system

August 8th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I was catching up on regulatory reading today (yes, reading CMS regulations is part of my job responsibilities) and saw something troubling—providers are still balance billing qualified Medicare beneficiaries (QMBs, […]

Medical device replacements and the OIG

July 13th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Seems little in health care is straightforward.  An area that I’ve often found confusing has become even more complex: Accurately reporting medical devices. To meet CMS regulations, not only do […]

Webinar: Data quality and the future of reimbursement

Exploring changing quality programs with Christine McNamara, Program Director for Coding Services at 3M HIS and Melody Mulaik, President and Co-Founder of Coding Strategies, Inc.

The OIG turns their attention to Provider-Based Clinics

June 27th, 2016 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

I have always wondered why the reimbursement for services provided at a Provider-Based Clinic (PBC) was higher (often more than 50 percent higher) than the same services provided at a […]

Latest on the Two-Midnight rule audits

June 15th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

You may have heard different rumors regarding the Two-Midnight audits. Here’s a breakdown of the latest information: In April, CMS announced it was not going to impose an inpatient payment […]

Video: Overcoming Incrementalism in Healthcare Transformation

With David Wetherelt, Herb Fillmore

Industry experts met in March 2016 at the State Healthcare IT Connect conference to discuss best practices.

RAC audits and medical necessity – 2016 style

May 11th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

When I wrote this blog last week, I understood that the Quality Improvement Organization’s activities for the foreseeable future will be initial audits of short stays under the two midnight […]

April OPPS update: More refinements to comprehensive APCs

April 15th, 2016 / By Dave Fee

Spring is here in the Rockies; the valleys are getting warm and the mountains are still snowcapped, making for a lovely view. With spring comes the April CMS outpatient prospective […]

Documenting medical necessity

January 11th, 2016 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

CMS recently released a new National Coverage Determination (NCD), which was implemented on January 4. NCD 210.14 titled “Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography” is good news and […]

CMS Releases Clarifications to NCDs and LCDs

December 7th, 2015 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I feel a bit like January, 2000 – much ado about little. Looks like (so far) ICD-10 is a go. I’m not saying there haven’t been bumps in the road, […]

Focus on patient preferences

November 6th, 2015 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I am a Registered Nurse. I won’t admit to how many years’ experience I have, but suffice to say, this is not my first rodeo. I had to chuckle when […]

Healthcare compliance more important than ever

October 14th, 2015 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

On September 10, 2015, while most of us in health care were deeply involved in ICD-10 preparation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a ruling that will significantly impact every […]