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On the Cutting Edge? Check Out These ‘Remote’ CPT® 2019 Additions With MPFS Tips

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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The CPT® 2019 code set is adding to your options for remote services. Here’s a rundown of the changes you can expect for certain remote monitoring services as well as EHR consultative time. Turn to 9945X for Remote Physiologic Monitoring The new code set will add codes for remote physiologic monitoring (like weight, BP, pulse […]

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Don’t Let EHR Tempt You to Upcode E/M Services

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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EHRs can assist with many aspects of E/M coding (like tracking for coding based on time), but the problem of reporting higher-level E/M codes without medical necessity is still around. A recent article in Ophthalmology Coding Alert discussed the example of a doctor who billed almost all level-four and level-five E/M codes for established patients. […]

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable With That Meaningful Use Payment – Here’s Why

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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When the title of an OIG report is about Medicare paying out hundreds of millions it shouldn’t have, that’s not great news for Medicare or the providers who got those funds. But that’s exactly what a report released June 12, 2017, says: “Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did […]

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Translate HIMSS17 Tips Into Career Advice for 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

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This past week, two of our newsletter editors from The Coding Institute attended health IT conference HIMSS17 and Tweeted highlights from sessions. One point that came through loud and clear is that no matter what job you have in healthcare, data connections are so intertwined you have to expand your thinking beyond your own department. […]

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Got PHI on a Portable Device? Then Just Encrypt It!

Friday, December 4, 2015

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So many HIPAA breaches have begun with the theft of a laptop containing protected health information (PHI). One laptop can contain the PHI of thousands of patients, so it’s easy to see how that raises risks that patient data will be used by criminals for wrongful pursuits. But a recent court decision may discourage plaintiff […]

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OIG to Office for Civil Rights – Enforce Your Own Standards

Friday, October 2, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) wants the HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to do a better job of enforcing its own standards, according to a report the OIG issued in September. Report: OCR Fails to Protect Patients The OIG’s report says that when covered […]

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Just Encrypt It! Skip Lawsuits, Fines Over Laptop Theft

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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The theft of a single portable device or laptop with unencrypted data can breach the protected health information (PHI) of thousands of people, leaving the covered entities in charge of the device at risk for HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR)fines and lawsuits from breach victims. But a recent appellate court decision may offer relief […]

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