Concurrent Critical Care

  May 6, 2022 | By Shannon DeConda, CPC, CEMC, CEMA, CPMA, CRTT A great deal of time was spent this year with new coding updates focusing on critical care split shared updates, but not much time was given to all of the other red-lined updates in the critical care section of the CMS Claims…

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Key Performance Indicators: Measurement To Management

  April 15, 2022 | Edward Townley CPC, CEMC, CUC, ROCC, Founder, Cogent9 Consulting The action cycle for process improvement may be defined by the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA model) (i.e., the Deming cycle or Shewhart cycle).  Lean/Six Sigma process improvement processes use another acronym, DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control). All of these processes are…

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Pinpointing Correct Coding for Anesthesia in Abortions

March 25, 2022 | By Kim Jolivette Williams Medical terminology related to abortions can be puzzling, but it is essential to understand the differences. Having a clear comprehension of several abortions terms is a vital component to achieve successful coding. First, let’s cover what is anesthesia. Per the ASA- American Society of Anesthesiologists, General Anesthesia…

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Still Going Strong – the Anti-Kickback Statute’s Golden Anniversary!

  March 18, 2022 | By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA Enacted in 1972, the Anti-Kickback Statute (42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)) remains a government enforcement favorite, despite being described by some as archaic. As articulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), “[t]he five most important Federal…

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No Surprises Act Compliance

  February 25, 2022 | By Bryan Meek, Esq., Brennan, Manna, and Diamond The Department of Health and Human Services published three parts to the No Surprises Act towards the end of 2021, which took effect January 1, 2022. The Act is intended to protect consumers from “balance billing,” which occurs when a patient receives…

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