Biometrics – the New Battleground in Privacy and Security

March 23, 2020 | By Rachel Rose, JD, MBA According to the National Institute for Standards and Technology (“NIST”), biometrics is defined as, “[a]utomated recognition of individuals based on their behavioral and biological characteristics [e.g., fingerprints, facial recognition and retinal scans]. In this document, biometrics may be used to unlock authentication tokens and prevent repudiation…

Interprofessional Consult Services

  March 27, 2020 | By Grant Huang, CPC, CPMA The recent coronavirus crisis has brought non-face-to-face services to the forefront of coding and billing conversations. With the entire healthcare industry focused on caring for patients during an unprecedented and fast-moving pandemic, the goal of increasing patient access while reducing the risk of spreading infection…

ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding for COVID-19

  April 10, 2020 | By Jill Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its ICD-10 documentation guidelines for COVID-19, using the newly adopted code U07.1. You can find the CDC’s guidance document here https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/COVID-19-guidelines-final.pdf. The information shows an effective date range from April 1, 2020 through September 30,…

Be Specific

  April 17, 2020 | By Priscilla J. Alfaro, MD, FAAP, CPC, CPMA, COC, CFE ICD-10 was finally officially implemented on October 1, 2015. One of the intents of moving to ICD-10 was to enable and encourage reporting diagnoses with a higher level of specificity. Many payers expect claims to contain specific codes to support the…

Focus Providers on Clinically Relevant History and Exam, and Concise Medical Decision Making

  October 16, 2020 | By Scott Kraft, CPMA, CPC It’s fair to say the 2021 changes to the E/M documentation guidelines ease the documentation burden on the rendering provider for certain aspects of the note. These welcome changes give more heft to the clinical relevance of the patient’s case and the provider’s treatment, rather…