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ICD-10: Section for AICD Codes Changes in 2015, But Descriptors Remain Mostly the Same

20. August 2014

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V45.01 and V45.02 will become Z codes. Sometimes a patient whose case you’re coding has a pacemaker or automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (AICD), but that’s not the reason the physician is treating the patient. You still need to include the…

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ICD-10: Take 2 Steps to Pinpoint Best Vertebral Fracture Options Under ICD-10

16. July 2014

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Tip: Confirm underlying disease and site before you pick up the right code. Orthopedics is one specialty that will experience tremendous change under ICD-10, especially in how you identify types of fractures. Simplify your future code choice for pathological fracture…

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Patient Privacy: Prepare Now for the Next Round of HIPAA Compliance Audits

18. June 2014

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Plus: Don’t make the same mistake this local government did. Get your staff thinking about compliance again, because more HIPAA audits are on the way – with the potential for hefty enforcement fines and penalties that every facility wants to…

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Inpatient Therapy: Heads Up: Hospitals Aren’t Out of the Woods Yet on Therapy Cap Changes

20. May 2014

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Pathway for SGR Reform Act nails CAHs, but may be only temporary. The therapy cap policy has been an up-and-down round of changes for hospitals lately, and matters still haven’t settled completely. Read on for the latest updates and how…

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ICD-10 Update: President Signs Bill That Includes ICD-10 Delay, Change to 2-Midnight Rule

16. April 2014

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Plus: Fee schedules stay the same, but physicians seek a permanent SGR formula revision. Physician practices were glad to see that Congress averted the expected 24 percent pay cut that providers were due to fact on April 1, but…

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ICD-10-PCS: Follow 3 Steps to Change Your Transplant Coding in 2014

19. March 2014

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Hint: Focus on allogeneic, syngeneic, and zooplastic to choose the best 7th character. If your facility offers transplant services, then you need to pay attention to the seventh character qualifier of ICD-10-PCS codes. Remember, one misrepresented character could mean the…

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2014 Billing: Watch These CMS Instructions When Part B Inpatient Billing Applies

19. February 2014

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Tip: Timely filing is your first hurdle to conquer. The Federal Register outlining IPPS policies for 2014 addressed Part B inpatient billing — a topic not always top of mind for hospital coders. Read on for the latest on how you should…

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Part B Payment: 3 FAQs About 2014 Medicare Payments Help You Collect

14. January 2014

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From the new conversion factor to the sequestration debacle, we’ve got the answers. With the New Year you’ll find new payment regulations that can seriously impact your practice’s bottom line. But you can help iron out the wrinkles that these…

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Ensure Convenient CPT Code Look-up 2014 and Stay Compliant

8. January 2014

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Effective January 1, 2014; you have distinct areas of CPT® changes affecting your practice. Supercoder’s Physician Coder provides in-depth CPT® code guidance by combining CPT® code lookup, tools and advice that will keep you compliant and save costs. This web-based…

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Reimbursement: Check Out the Top 3 CMS OPPS Changes That Could Affect Your Facility

18. December 2013

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Newly packaged services will change your bottom line. CMS issued the final Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule with comment period [CMS-1601-FC]…

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