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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…