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…

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,…

Auditing & the Attorney Client Privilege: Need for audits and incentives to comply/disclose to government

  March 13, 2020 | By Jesse Overbay, JD Readers of this newsletter and followers of the incredibly talented individuals on the NAMAS team know that conducting internal monitoring and auditing remains one of the seven fundamental elements of an effective compliance plan.[1] Monitoring and auditing within a medical practice or hospital system encompasses many…