Chapter officers are required to sponsor at least six meetings per year where CEUs are offered. AAPC pays the chapters $1 per each AAPC member that attends the meetings. In order to receive this reimbursement the officers must upload the meeting attendance sheets on AAPC’s website.
Follow this procedure to receive a local chapter reimbursement:
- Upload attendance sheets within 10 days following the meeting.
- Scan the meeting attendance sheets into your documents.
- Log on to AAPC’s website, scroll over My AAPC, click on My Chapter, and then click on the Financial Info link.
- Click on the Quarterly Report tab and select the correct year and quarter from the drop down boxes.
- Find the meetings held during the quarter and add the total number of attendees at the meeting.
- Choose the scanned file for that meeting and click on upload.
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page and attest that the information is accurate and then click the Submit button.
- It is the responsibility of the treasurer to upload the sign-in sheets but the president, vice president, secretary and treasurer all have privileges to do so.
- The deadlines to submit the requests are:
- April 15th for meetings held in the 1st quarter
- July 15th for meetings held in the 2nd quarter
- October 15th for meetings held in the 3rd quarter
- December 31st for meetings held in the 4th quarter
- Reimbursements are paid on a quarterly basis and are automatically deposited into the chapter checking account on these dates:
- February 15th
- May 15th
- August 15th
- November 15th
- Reimbursement requests received after the deadline may not be given
- Faxed, emailed, or mailed attendance sheets are not accepted.
January 30th, 2014
Hospitals and their associations are taking legal action against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) over the agency’s recently implemented two-midnight rule, the American Hospital Association said. The group argues CMS neither provided reasonable explanation for the action, nor failed to follow regulations outlining notice and comment.
The two-midnight rule, launched last year, requires hospitals to admit patients as inpatients for two nights to get beyond the short stay threshold, which has become a red flag for auditors. CMS argues the changes were made to clarify the threshold and has ordered recovery audit contractors (RACs) not to review any short-stay claims that span beyond two midnights.
To offset the cost of audits made to assure hospitals are complying, CMS set a 0.2 percent rate cut in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payment for 2014.
January 24th, 2014
ICD-10 implementation has been years in the making, and now that we’re finally at the finish line, concerns and misunderstandings are becoming more rampant. AAPC is working hard to clear up misinformation about the ICD-10 code set.
ICD-9-CM has several problems. Most importantly, it is out of room. Because the classification is organized scientifically, each three-digit category can have only 10 subcategories. Most numbers in most categories have already been assigned diagnoses. Medical science keeps making new discoveries, and there are no numbers to assign these diagnoses. Computer science, combined with new, more detailed codes of ICD-10, will allow for better analysis of disease patterns and treatment outcomes that can advance medical care. These same details will streamline claims submissions, since these details will make the initial claim much easier for payers to understand.
Despite these improvements, there are still those who fear that ICD-10 will cause more trouble than it’s worth. A recent segment on Fox News focused on concerns about ICD-10 negatively affecting provider availability and potentially pushing some practices out of business. While providers should absolutely recognize the need for greater specificity after ICD-10 implementation, they should not plan on the increased documentation needs substantially reducing their availability to the patients.
Fox News also interviewed AAPC’s VP of ICD-10 Education and Training, Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, who pointed out how dated the current code set really is.
“ICD-9′s over 30 years old… you wouldn’t continue to use medical equipment that’s 30 years old–it’s outdated,” she says. “The same thing has happened to our code sets.” In fact, the United States is one of the last countries to adopt ICD-10.
See the full video.
The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule notes preliminary guidelines for receiving separate payment for chronic care management (CCM) services given to Medicare patients, beginning in 2015. One of AAPC’s executive editors, Renee Dustman, recently authored an article for Physicians Practice in which she describes the guidelines and standards outlined by the MPFS final rule for receiving separate CCM payments.
“Under the 2015 MPFS, [the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services] will separately pay for CCM services provided to Medicare patients with multiple chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient, that place the patient at significant risk of death, acute exacerbation/decompensation, or functional decline,” she says.
January 4th, 2014
The advent of ICD-10-CM Oct. 1, 2014 has coders and practices looking askance at their ICD-9-CM books, wondering if continued attention to the 36-year-old code set is warranted. Experts warn, however, that while ICD-9-CM may not be getting the attention, it isn’t going away.
Still the official diagnostic code set until this fall, ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes and guidelines will live long after their successor is adopted, Rhonda Buckholtz, AAPC vice president of ICD-10 Training and Education, says. Not only will claims coded with ICD-9-CM live long after claims are filed thanks to adjudication and post-rejection resubmissions, but the mandate that makes ICD-10-CM the code of the land exempts non-HIPAA covered entities such as auto claims and workers’ compensation payers from the change. While many are converting to the new code set, not all are making the change.
Don’t Postpone Credentialing
Individuals seeking the CPC credential may be asking the question, “Should I wait to obtain certification until after ICD-10-CM has been implemented?” AAPC believes that waiting to certify after Oct. 1, 2014 would prove to be detrimental to the individual desiring certification. The coding concepts learned in ICD-9-CM mirror ICD-10-CM in many instances. Learning ICD-9-CM in advance will only enhance the coder’s ability to embrace ICD-10-CM coding conventions. It will be critical that certified coders have the skills to code accurately in both code sets. Do not delay obtaining coding certification until after October 2014.
So keep your ICD-9-CM books nearby and remain competent, or become competent in ICD-9-CM coding, Buckholtz advises. The chance of needing them again is pretty likely.
January 2nd, 2014