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AAPC Testifies at NCVHS Hearing

Highlights from Rhonda Buckholtz’ testimony, CMS announcements, an open letter from AAPC to Secretary Burwell, and an invitation for an AAPC-CMS joint webinar. On June 10, 2014, representatives across multiple industries participated in a National Co... Read More >>

July 15th, 2014

Coding for Biopsy with a Related, More Extensive Procedure “History of” Begins When Active Treatment Ends


Take a Medicaid Moment: Use Proper Consent Forms

Know federal and state Medicaid policies for entitlement and their use. You shouldn’t expect your state Medicaid fund to pay or behave the same as other third-party payers, or even Medicare. Medicaid is a federal entitlement program incepted through... Read More >>

January 1st, 2014

KHN: Retooling Hospitals, One Data Point At A Time Never Assume a Diagnosis

Practice Management

Thrive as a Small Clinic

[Cover] Benefit from owning an independent medical practice by adapting to healthcare reform. By Christopher Phillips Changes already underway in the healthcare industry will require practices to dedicate substantial time and attention to adaptation.... Read More >>

July 1st, 2014

Physician Compare Website Aggregates More Data Under Proposed Rule New Mexico Expanding Telehealth Network


Warning: Import Text Properly

[On the Cover] Ensure clinical documentation integrity in your electronic health records. By Michael Stearns, MD, CPC, CFPC There are advantages and disadvantages associated with the use of imported text in electronic healthcare records (EHRs). Let... Read More >>

June 1st, 2014

Treating Complications for Medicare Patients Medical Records Offered to Media for $68K


Proposed Payment Update Throws Hospices a Few Crumbs

A proposed rule would grant hospices an estimated 1.3 percent increase in their payments for 2015. The update is a net result of a proposed hospice payment update of 2 percent less the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor of 0.7 percent. With in... Read More >>

May 7th, 2014

Billing for Ambulance Services in 2014 Use Queries to Prompt Complete Documentation


Defining “Simple” vs “Complex” Intracranial Aneurysm

When coding for treatment of intracranial aneurysm, you must select between codes describing “simple” aneurysm and “complex” aneurysm, as follows: 61697 Surgery of complex intracranial aneurysm, intracranial approach; carotid circulation 61698... Read More >>

July 18th, 2014

Spinal Bone Graft Coding, as Easy as 1, 2, 3 CMS Proposes Eliminating Global Surgical Packages