COVID-19 Vaccine Coding

  November 20, 2020 | By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CDEO, CPB, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CMRS, CMCS COVID-19 has been disrupting the healthcare environment for over a year now.  Massive changes and evolutions have been introduced for how to code for services during COVID-19 including virtual visits, lab testing, and vaccinations.  This article will cover COVID-19…

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HIPAA compliance: Practices Face Big Fines For Not Getting Patients Requested PHI In Time

  April 23, 2021 | By By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA   Early in 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Civil Rights (HHS-OCR) announced the creation of an initiative to target violations of 45 CFR §164.524(b)(2) for not providing an individual with his/her requested protected health information (PHI) within…

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When Denials Attack: Outpatient E/M Services Denied with 2020 Rationale

  April 2, 2021 | By J. Paul Spencer, CPC, COC We now collectively find ourselves one calendar quarter into the new frontier of 2021 outpatient E/M services. Since January 1, I have fielded many questions from my professional contacts regarding how best to look at the newly-engineered medical decision making (MDM) component. As might…

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