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The headlines have been coming fast and furious: Judge rules against hospitals in price transparency lawsuit (June 2020) Hospitals to challenge loss on site-neutral payments (July 2020) Hospitals lose legal battle to 304B Drug Cut (July 2020) CMS Proposes eliminating “inpatient only” list (August 2020) Does anyone see a pattern…
EDITOR’S NOTE: With the resurgence of the coronavirus, the toll among America’s frontline caregivers could be especially taxing, particularly for nurses. And while much attention has been focused on physician burnout, in a recent interview conducted by Chuck Buck with Dr. H. Steven Moffic, the focus shifted to nurses. A…
Many of us have been immersed in COVID-19 and telehealth billing, coding, and the varying rules among payors of late, all the while the clock has remained ticking on the looming changes to evaluation and management (E&M) services, effective Jan. 1, 2021. It is possible, too, that there are those…
Housing has long been a hot topic among healthcare organizations striving to address the complex needs of populations at risk of homelessness. Over half a million people were living on the street during the January 2019 annual point-in-time count, and this number is expected to dramatically rise courtesy of COVID-19.…
A colleague of mine called me recently. The reimbursement rates for PACE, or “Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly” in Florida had dropped 20 percent suddenly. He asked if I knew why.  To answer his question, let’s talk about “per member, per month” (PMPM) and prospective payments. In the…
A few weeks ago, I introduced my new project; I’m affectionately referring to it as “A Question a Day Keeps the Queries Away.” It is going to be a curriculum for providers, clinical documentation improvement specialists (CDISs), and coders, taught in parallel. It takes me a while to research the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a four-part series that explores the past, present and future of clinical documentation integrity (CDI). To understand where we are as a clinical documentation integrity (CDI) profession, it is important to understand how and why the profession began.  In the following months,…
We are learning more every day about the sequela conditions that might arise as a result of COVID-19. The early studies have found decreased lung function that might not be reversible, as well as potentially permanent damage to the heart, kidneys, and liver, along with GI conditions. Scientists and clinicians…
The CDI profession has failed to effectively articulate its value in the revenue cycle. An American Hospital Association (AHA) report released June 30 finds that the financial strain facing hospitals and health systems due to COVID-19 will continue through at least the end of 2020, with total losses expected to be at…
When I was a physician advisor, our system had a malnutrition crisis. It wasn’t that we had an explosion of unexpected cases; we were not getting the diagnosis captured when it was clinically present, relevant, and significant. When we created an electronic solution of having the provider attest to the…
One billion dollars is a big number, but more astounding to me, as it pertains to a recent finding by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), was that hospitals were found to have incorrectly documented and/or coded severe malnutrition 86.5 percent of…
Choosing a proper office visit code can become confusing unless one understands the rules separating preventative medicine and evaluation and management coding. Preventative medicine codes are meant only for the reporting of asymptomatic patients. In order to assign a preventative code, a comprehensive evaluation must be documented. The scope of…
ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2021 have been updated and released, noting many changes related to COVID19 and its observation and screening codes. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily…
I am continuing my project, “A Question a Day Keeps the Query Away,” and today’s topic is functional quadriplegia. Let me preface this TalkBack with: this is an example of a coding construct that does not have a clinical diagnosis correlate. These types of diagnoses drive some physicians crazy. When…
The FY21 ICD-10-CM codes were released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 1, 2020.  The new and updated diagnosis codes are another part of the preparation for FY21 which begins on October 1, 2020. The final codes were very similar to the diagnosis codes that…
Telehealth use has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, with the technology spreading far and fast. Doctors and patients alike must be wondering if this is the beginning of a whole new kind of doctor–patient relationship, one that might totally transform our health care system? Maybe. But I’m not convinced, and…
The move comes amid localized spikes in COVID-19 cases occurring nationwide. Federal officials said Friday that they are ending an emergency blanket waiver intended to reduce administrative burden on nursing homes amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) said that effective August 14, nursing…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some guidance within the “Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” interim final rule (IFR), allowing for remote patient monitoring, or RPM. This type of patient care is very helpful for…
Even with a relatively low mortality rate, the U.S. had a population of 325 million that was entirely vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. The case fatality rate is skewed older. Consider this: one out of every six people over the age of 80 may ultimately succumb to COVID-19. We do…
A Talk Ten Tuesdays listener recently sent me a question that encouraged a dialogue between us. The question was “can obesity class 3 be assigned the code for morbid obesity?” I had to do a little research, as I did not know the answer immediately. After reviewing the Index of…
As payors both in government (Medicare) and the commercial arena (private plans) see the recoupment rate of services billed incorrectly or non-compliantly skyrocket, the payor audit is not going away anytime soon. This awareness is now producing more audits of physicians than ever before, directly contributing to higher rates of denials. Audits take time…
I conceived a new project that triggered last week’s TalkBack segment on the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly Internet radio broadcast, and I would love your feedback on the concept. My vision is to design a comprehensive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) curriculum and teach it in small, digestible aliquots. There are…
With concerns of COVID-19 having a disproportionate impact on certain individuals, such as minorities and the elderly, public health experts are requiring more detailed data, provided on a real-time basis – further supporting the reliability and integrity of data being central to healthcare. Though rates of new COVID-19 cases in…
Outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have moved into the mainstream, as hospitals and healthcare systems continue to embrace consulting companies’ push into the outpatient arena. As the CDI profession matures and the market for CDI consulting becomes more highly competitive and less lucrative, these companies have identified a new…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Jury is active in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) which made possible the contribution of this essay along with editorial support from Piyush Mathur, MD, FCCM who is a staff anesthesiologist and critical care physician…
Over the past few months, the folks at ICD10monitor have seen an increase in website searches regarding two specific ICD-10-CM codes: U07.1 (COVID-19) and F32.9 (Major depressive disorder, unspecified). Some say that this is a sign of the times, and that may be absolutely true, considering what has gone on…
I was shocked, and very concerned when I recently looked at a physician department staffing sheet of a client.  Three of 12 positions had “locum” entered into the space for physician names. Digging a little deeper, I found out that since they had not been able to fill these positions,…
Some doctors don’t understand how coders compliantly select codes. This can set up coding-clinical disconnects. Frankly, I don’t always get it myself, and I’m pretty good at this coding thing. You need to use exact verbiage…except when you don’t. Like no doctor is ever going to say, “hemorrhagic disorder due…
A double whammy: the coronavirus adds to our climate-based mental health concerns. EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment in an exclusive series of articles on the impact of climate change on healthcare, written by nationally renowned psychiatrist and author H. Steve Moffic, MD. Dr. Moffic is a popular panelist…
The FY21 ICD-10-CM codes will be finalized this month. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final FY21 ICD-10-PCS codes on May 28, 2020 which was earlier than expected.  The table below will show the changes between Final FY20, Proposed FY21, and Final FY21: Section FY20 Proposed…
When payers and providers come to the negotiating table this year, they will do so during a pandemic or the tail end of it. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned negotiator, payer contracts can be complicated and difficult to interpret, even with an attorney or a consultant by…
While we continue to remain amid a pandemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has not skipped a beat in pressing forward with their plan for addressing potentially fraudulent activity associated with COVID 19 billing.  As the coronavirus pandemic treks on, the…
An Interview of H. Steven Moffic, MD by Chuck Buck BUCK: At this writing, Dr. Moffic, protests and riots continue in Minneapolis and elsewhere over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died last week while in police custody. A former police officer, Derek Chauvin, who is white,…
The diagnosis of obesity is a risk factor for coronavirus. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated information regarding the risk factors for COVID-19. Included in their high-risk groups are those with the following: Asthma Chronic kidney disease treated with hemodialysis Diabetes Hemoglobin disorders (e.g. sickle cell…
Don’t query for every result. There are many different ways we investigate infectious diseases with current technology. In the case of COVID-19, research labs might culture the living organism, the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The widely used Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR, or PCR) test qualitatively detects nucleic acid from the…
Stakeholders need to work collaboratively to ensure that diagnostic information is complete and accurate. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many overwhelming and heartbreaking medical challenges. In theory, the easiest task is accurate diagnosis coding for suspected exposure, confirmed and presumed cases, and possible disease. The new ICD-10-CM codes are few…
Late entries, addendums, or corrections should never be common occurrences. Medicare coverage guidelines dictate that physician notes are required for support of medical necessity, and this documentation must be available to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) upon request. It is strongly recommended that medical practices use proactive strategies to educate…
Comments are due by July 10, 2020. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule for the 2021 fiscal year was published on May 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments are due by July 10 at 5 p.m. Comments can be sent electronically using http://www.regulations.gov.…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a five-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the fifth installment in his exclusive series. This is the last article of the five-part series on “the search for reliable health…
Two interim rules address telehealth amid the coronavirus pandemic. I’m sure everyone has heard the saying, “the only constant is change.” Well, it certainly rings true these days. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a second interim final rule on April 30, offering another round of coding and documentation…
Waivers, modifiers, lab tests, multiple diagnosis codes…the layers and specifics of COVID-19 coding cannot be overlooked when ensuring appropriate reimbursement and safeguarding claims against third-party payer audits. As hospitals and healthcare organizations begin to assess the required steps necessary to prepare for the transition back to a pre-COVID-19 operating environment,…
Burnout and suicides among climate activists. In the American Medical Association’s Principles of Medical Ethics, Section 7 of 9 reads: “A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.” Of course, there are many possibilities for…
Widespread testing for antibodies is not considered screening. Screening is for identifying the disease state. People are really struggling with understanding when to apply Z11.59, Encounter for screening for other viral diseases, in relation to COVID-19. I think the issue is that we are trying to wrap our minds around…
When treating COVID-19, it is important to follow the guidance of medical professionals in using medications. There has been much speculation about using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. This drug is an immunosuppressant and anti-parasitic drug that is used to treat malaria. Another name for the drug is Plaquenil.…
Fraud and abuse could soon be spreading like the coronavirus. I had strongly thought about not discussing anything COVID-19-related this week, but it is the story of 2020 so far, so I felt I had no choice. For the majority of us, it has been a tough few weeks, trying…
According to the official coding guidelines, ICD-10 code U07.1 for COVID-19 may be reported under the following circumstances: As documented by the provider; Documentation of a positive COVID-19 test result; or A presumptive positive COVID-19 test result. “Presumptive” was the description given for cases that local testing initially indicates are…
ICD-10-CM codes are not robust enough to tell the patient story correctly.   I was having a terrible time preparing for my COVID-19 coding webinar, held on the afternoon of April 29, because the current ICD-10-CM codes under the current guidelines are not robust enough to tell the story correctly.…
Ten practical steps to break the COVID-19 spell while spellbound. Most of us are working from home now. That’s quite amazing. In July 2019, a total of 4.7 million folks telecommuted, either full- or part-time. Now, according to Global Workplace Analytics, that figure could possibly be 75 million! So, what…
Managing the after-effects of coding and billing as COVID-19 cases start to move through an organization’s billing cycle, while maintaining up-to-date information, could prove challenging. With ever-changing coding and billing updates, it is difficult not to anticipate a surge of denied claims, or an increase in inaccurately paid claims, related…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a five-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the fourth installment in his exclusive series. This is the fourth in a series of five articles on the search for…
Clinical judgment is sufficient for COVID-19 diagnosis. When I was a third-year resident, in 1987, I saw a really sick kid in the ED. He was about 5 years old, had a fever of 104°, and was lethargic in his mother’s arms. His eyes were swollen and infected, and he…
During quarantine, I look for every chance to be outside. During the fifteen-minute break I have between online classes, I try to get outside; I exercise and spend time with my mother outside. Right now, all we have is our home and the outdoors. We are seeing how important it…
Climate-related pre-traumatic stress disorders and other anxieties. Before we get to our next climate-related piece, we have to note that akin to the climate-related condition of solastalgia, stress and anxiety is also rampant right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, producing a double whammy of anxiety. In fact, some virologists…
Agencies have implemented legislation guaranteeing coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing, including antibody testing, and certain related services without cost sharing for enrollees with private health coverage. As coverages and regulations continue to broaden, often on a day-to-day basis, guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic frequently open up additional factors to…
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was published on April 15. This update applies to Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) facilities, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). The provisions are found…
Capturing the complexity of care with CDI will be more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic is “hot-spotting” in places like New York City, New Orleans, and Detroit – and even as challenging as it is in those cities, this is a good thing for us, collectively. Given the nature…
NUBC guidance has been updated with the missing ICD-10-AHA code for screening: Z11.59. EDITOR’S NOTE: During recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been announcing revisions to its regulatory requirements on a near-daily basis, in an attempt to ease administrative and logistical burdens on providers amid…
In practice, doctors may use these terms synonymously. We are in the midst of a COVID-19 global pandemic that is changing the world as we know it. Most COVID-19 patients may not need acute inpatient care admission. Only the sickest will. These are the patients who undergo a cytokine storm…
Many healthcare professionals use these terms interchangeably. Medical decision-making specifically refers to the complexity of establishing a diagnosis and/or selecting a management option. Medical necessity refers to the appropriateness of the service provided for a certain condition. Medical necessity determines whether the service will get reimbursed. Problems arise with training…
Swift federal action was recently taken via the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as public and several private healthcare programs are now covering COVID-19 testing and related services. Healthcare organizations that don’t properly prepare for risk face implications in edits, improper payment, or denials.  Across the globe, health experts, governments,…
COVID-19 TalkBack follow-up.  During the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly Internet radio broadcast last week, we received many questions which we never got to answer. I am going to share some of those answers with you now. Stacey asked, “can nurses charge for telehealth visits?” There are two parts to this…
Reimbursement has not been established at this time. The American Medical Association (AMA) CPT® Editorial Panel has revised one code and created two new codes to provide more specificity for serology laboratory testing.   The codes, which were published on April 10, are effective immediately. Reimbursement has not been established for…
As CMS continues to update their policies on telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Public Health Emergency, ICD10monitor is here to continue to keep you informed on these changes.  ICD10 University will be presenting a live Telehealth Webcast on:How To Bill Telehealth Services Under the 1135 WaiverWednesday, April 15,…
Examining the layers supporting the methodology behind social distancing. The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent population health research center at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. The IHME was recruited at a state and federal level to provide modeling in determining if or when…
The patient has COVID-19? How is the infection manifesting? You need a code for that detail. The rapidity with which our medical world is evolving is unbelievable. I know that aiming for optimal documentation is a worthy goal, but I recognize that right now, my clinical colleagues have more important…
New condition code for COVID-19 released for healthcare claims.  We are in a state of flux with information, details, instructions, and changes impacting the revenue cycle in healthcare, due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic and crisis. One such change is the release by the National Uniform Billing…
Today, April 7, is World Health Day as proclaimed by the World Health Organization. On World Health Day, we would normally celebrate the advancement of policies to create health, wellness, and economic prosperity that benefits improved health status. Today, however, we live in the midst of a pandemic that is…
COVID cases worldwide approached a million in number as April began. Two new codes became effective for use on April 1; first, U07.1 (COVID-19) may be used for discharges and outpatient dates of service of April 1 and later.   This code should be used so that COVID-19 cases can be…
The new template was designed by a former ED physician. Front-line emergency departments facing an onslaught of patients suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 now have a new tool designed to help them quickly diagnose patients. The new tool is a documentation template that can be programmed…
He is worried about his own level of exposure to the coronavirus. It is part of my job to stay informed, but I must say that I underestimated the medical and societal impact of COVID-19. From my West Virginia farmhouse, which is three hours from my Washington, D.C. apartment, I…
New E&M codes will take effect Jan. 21, 2021. Our number one priority is supporting our healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we still must be aware of changes in the way E&M codes are assigned for office visits, based on new guidelines that will take effect on Jan.…
Many healthcare professionals have had to switch to working remotely from home. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of people around the world. Travel restrictions and new rules on large public gatherings have changed the daily routines of millions. Over the past few weeks, many healthcare professionals and my…
Latest information comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) information related to COVID-19, effective April 1, 2020. The diagnosis will be a Major Complication Comorbidity (MCC), and grouping will be dependent on the…
The reliability of the current state of health information is extremely limited. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Joseph Nichols is producing a five-part series on healthcare data for ICD10monitor. This is the third installment in his exclusive series. This article is focused on that component of the health information domain related to data…
Last week, I encouraged you all to comply with the recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This week, I would like to share some thoughts about how we can improve our health and maintain our sanity while working remotely and practicing social distancing. My first…
These are scary times for those working in healthcare. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting These are very challenging and scary times for us, especially among those of us who…
Defining Medicare’s chronic care management services. CCM services are generally non-face-to-face services provided to Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple (two or more) chronic conditions expected to last at least 12 months, or until the death of the patient. These services are for patients who qualify for ongoing management and surveillance…
The U.S. healthcare system is facing a critical shortage of supplies, including ICU beds. With the rising concern over COVID-19, I decided to look at data to see what our current shortage of ICU beds could be, comparing census data in Medicare cost reports with U.S. Centers for Disease Control…
In the hope of finding a silver lining, there may be a small yet significant upside to result from the current global crisis: a focus on the importance of information sharing of health factors, as well as non-medical social factors. Throughout history, viruses and diseases have posed a threat to…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dennis Jones is the Administrator of Patient Financial Services for Montefiore Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y., about 20 miles north of New York City. During a guest appearance on Talk Ten Tuesdays this week, Jones outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the metropolitan area as hard as…
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March 23, 2020---The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) has clarified its position on the use of swing beds, saying that swing beds can accept patients without a three-day inpatient stay. In a question and answer response to the issue, CMS stated the following: Q. Does waiving the requirement…
The regulatory landscape is rapidly changing in the wake of the coronavirus. EDITOR’S NOTE: As with last week, RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president of R1 RCM, to summarize the most pertinent regulatory changes recently arising. The following is a transcript of his reporting today on Monitor Mondays. “First,…
The uncomfortable truth about the coronavirus pandemic? A near-total and indefinite shutdown of American life is probably just the beginning.   EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran RACmonitor and ICD10monitor Editor and Correspondent Mark Spivey has spent the last week with his wife at their home in Monmouth County, New Jersey, working remotely…
Coordination and Maintenance committee meeting announces COVID 19 code effective April 1, 2020. The Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting announced that the COVID-19 code that was originally scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020 will now be effective April 1, 2020. The code that will be effective is U07.1.  The…
Ecological grief and climate-related dysphoria. In our last climate-related article and talk, we focused on both nostalgia and solastalgia. Today, we will concentrate on conditions that also connect with loss and sadness. The first is ecological grief, which is rising across the world. It is a term that can be…
A cautionary tale about the virus and its potential financial impact on patients. Here are several direct and indirect financial hits patients could see that may not be waived or covered benefit during the coronavirus pandemic.   While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn't billing for coronavirus…
The rule does not set requirements for the privacy and security of the apps and the data they contain.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final interoperability rules were released last week, about a year after the…
CDI will be achieved through an unrelenting focus upon attainment of clinical documentation excellence.  Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs are highly ingrained in most hospital and healthcare facilities. Career opportunities abound for CDI specialists who check job board sites and individual healthcare facility websites. A typical synopsis for job duties…
The two-day meeting is being held as a webcast event. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.   The two-day meeting will now be held as a webcast- only event.…
Request is to invoke emergency powers to issue an 1135 disaster and emergency waiver of certain regulations. As updates on the COVID-19 pandemic change day by day, and the number of cases in the U.S. climbs, hospitals are starting to see the effects. In Seattle, it has been reported that…
An ICD10monitor article published in March 2015, which generated renewed interest in coding for racism, is updated in light of the coronavirus outbreak. EDITOR’S NOTE: The March 16, 2015, ICD10monitor article, “Is there a code for racism?” received an unprecedented number of searches this past week, prompting this update. London…
Many insurers are not experienced in processing claims for transgender patients. When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) went into effect on July 18, 2016, Section 1557 included a provision that prohibited most health insurance plans from discrimination based on gender identity and transgender status, under the category…
A year before CPT® rules change, payers are expected to crack down on E&M codes. Even as a major change to outpatient evaluation and management (E&M) codes looms next year, a development that would reduce the documentation burden on providers, commercial insurance companies are cracking down this year on E&M…
This is the second in a series of five articles on the search for reliable health information. EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is focused on that component of the health information domain related to the acquisition of data.    This is the most involved article of the set, because it represents the…
The federal agency has recommended that healthcare workers self-report symptoms and not work if ill. EDITOR’S NOTE: On March 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a call to update the provider community on the latest guidance related to COVID-19. During the call, several CDC physicians described…
The nation’s largest healthcare conference has been canceled amid the growing threat. The deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) has resulted in the cancellation of HIMSS20, the 2020 healthcare IT conference initially scheduled to take place next Monday in Florida, according to an announcement on the association’s website. “Following reports from the WHO…
There are growing fears that the spread of the disease could yield racial bias against Americans of Asian descent. EDITOR’S NOTE: The cacophony of news (and misinformation) on the deadly coronavirus is considered likely to yield racial bias and impact the mental health of America’s most vulnerable: those who are…
More changes are likely coming. As many of you have heard, there are major changes coming to evaluation and management (E&M) codes in 2021. The changes were finalized in the 2020 Physician Final Rule.  The good news is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave us all…