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In a stunning move, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced that it is eliminating the need for providers to have a special waiver from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration…
The principles focus on continuous improvement. There have been numerous articles and other materials written promoting the material benefits of implementing some if not all of Toyota’s 14 principles, first outlined by the auto manufacturer in The Toyota Way, published in 2001. These principles have been referred to as “a…
The conversion factor was increased twice in one week. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS), in a rare move, recently raised the  conversion factor (CF) twice in one week, resulting in an adjustment of approximately $34.89 for 2021. The action by CMS marked a last-minute slight increase to…
The “S” is used to identify the subjective requirements of the documentation. While conducting a 2021 evaluation and management (E&M) physician training event for a client, like right in the middle of the session, I had an epiphany. Now, maybe you have already had it as well, but I thought,…
The guidelines are effective from Jan. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2021. On Dec. 16, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated ICD-10-CM Official Coding and Reporting Guidelines for 2021. The updated document can be found on the CDC website. The changes are focused on COVID-19…
2020 will be remembered, I am certain, as the “Year of the Coder.” Just think about all the new codes that sprang up almost overnight like mushrooms. Obviously, there were a slew of new codes related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Also related to COVID-19 were codes…
I am imploring the official powers that be to reconsider the advice and permit us, instruct us, to use Z86.16 with B94.8. When I am doing webinars, I preface them with the disclaimer that I am not a coder; I only play one on the computer. However, there are times…
Comments are being sought now. With two COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed nationwide and more on the way, in addition to what are sure to be forthcoming enhancements in treatment of the virus, federal officials have issued an interim final rule with comment period establishing add-on payments for such measures.…