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Improper DRG payments in 2019 demonstrate the urgency for CDI leadership to address issues. The 2019 Medicare Fee-for-Service Supplemental Improper Payment Data Report was recently released, showing marked improvement in the Medicare improper payment rate from 2018. This year’s overall improper payment rate came in at 7.3 percent, equating to…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Anyone who has viewed the wildfires in Australia knows why it has been called the “canary in the coal mine” of climate change. No wonder that Solastalgia was discovered there. As the ever-increasing carbon is being emitted from the world’s coal mines and other fossil fuel sources, life…
Emergency release of the new EVALI code by CDC. On Dec. 9, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published additional guidance regarding e-cigarette/vaping associated lung injury (EVALI). The new code is U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder).     The CDC consulted with the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding an addition to…
New Year’s thoughts and reflections. The holidays are times for people to connect with loved ones, including family and friends. I would ask that during this holiday season, please look out for our adolescents.    In October 2019, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) published an article indicating that suicide is the…
Among the proposed new rules is one intended to clarify the contentious “Stark Law.” On Oct. 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law (often called the “Stark Law”). The law prohibits…
Nationally renowned psychiatrist uses humor to discuss social issues. I’d suggest taking my considerations and recommendations below with lots of grains of salt. In all seriousness, to start off, Dec. 10 was not only the annual International Human Rights Day, but as we speak, articles of presidential impeachment are coming…
No longer is burnout unique to physicians; parental burnout is on the rise too. EDITOR’S NOTE: H. Steven Moffic, MD, a nationally prominent psychiatrist and author, has co-authored a new book, the first of its kind on the subject of burnout, titled “Combating Physician Burnout: A Guide for Psychiatrists,” published…
Proactive measures in claim denial management can recoup lost revenue. Unfortunately, the majority of healthcare organizations encounter claim denials on a regular basis, often, habitually. Though claim denials may be an unavoidable reality in the world of healthcare, ineffective claim denials management can result in even more lost revenue. A…