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