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How MACRA Changes HIM

Author: Marron-Stearns, Michael

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2017



The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is widely viewed as one of the most significant and complex changes to Part B Medicare reimbursement in several decades. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that incl....

RAC Primer for LTC Facilities

Author: Leonard, Mary Ann

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2010



Last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began rolling out the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program to all 50 states and all providers, including long-term care facilities. HIM professionals working in LTC facilities need to understand the basics of the program in....

Teach Your Attorney Healthcare Contracting

Author: Le, Huan N.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2003


Medicare regulations, HIPAA compliance, and the threat of litigation have made it impossible to draft a one-page healthcare contract. Standard language alone now extends to up to four pages. It’s a good idea to hire an attorney for contract negotiations and drafting, but even then, you mi....

Coding in Critical Access Hospitals

Author: Kostick, Karen M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2009


National health policy has been increasingly responsive to the healthcare needs of rural residents and providers. Rural America has a large percentage of the nation’s Medicare population, and this percentage continues to grow as residents born in the Baby Boomer generation begin to retir....

FY 2007 IPPS Overview: Comprehensive Changes in Effect for Inpatient Prospective Payment System

Author: Johnson, Laurie M.; Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2006


The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule for fiscal year 2007 will prove challenging for inpatient providers. The rule (published in the August 18 Federal Register and available at www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a060818c.html) includes some of the most comprehensive changes....

Next Generation of E/M Guidelines

Author: Hill, Emily

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2000


Few non-clinical issues have inspired as much discussion, revision, and anxiety as the evaluation and management (E/M) services and their accompanying documentation guidelines. E/M services have produced a cottage industry focused on ensuring that medical records contain necessary docu....

ABCs of Medicare Advantage

Author: Hernandez, Jeannette

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: November 2008


Although most Medicare beneficiaries receive their health coverage through the traditional Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service programs, more and more beneficiaries are enrolling in Medicare Part C, referred to as Medicare Advantage (MA), to manage their healthcare costs.

By June 2....

Documentation Errors Result in Medicare Overpayment

Author: Hammen, Cheryl

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2000



The objective of the Office of the Inspector General's (OIG) fiscal year 1999 audit was to determine whether medical fee-for-service claims complied with Medicare rules and regulations. The OIG examined claims for accurate documentation and coding, medical necessity, and to ensure that c....

Three-Day Window Updates

Author: Garrett, Gail S.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2011


The Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010 was signed into law on June 25, 2010. One of its provisions revised the three-day payment policy, or the so-called "three-day DRG window."

This article highlights the changes to the three-da....

Health Information Exchange – Our Successes and Challenges with the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record

Author: Foley, Teresa; Gillen, Zachary; Teal, Jennifer

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Background

In the spring of 2009, President Obama announced plans to create a joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) to improve care and services between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DoD), and the private sector. President Obama directed the Dep....

Ins and Outs of HCCs

Author: Fernandez, Valerie

Source: Journal of AHIMA | Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2017



A Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) is defined as a risk adjustment model that is used to calculate risk scores to predict future healthcare costs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) CMS-HCC model is used to predict healthcare spending for Medicare Advantage Pl....

Laying the Foundation for the NHII

Author: Featheringham, Meg

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2004


The news is spreading across the country about the need for a national healthcare information infrastructure (NHII). HIM professionals are crucial to getting the word out and moving this initiative forward. Gail Graham, RHIA, is at the forefront of the charge to implement an NHII. As director....

Moving Toward Value-Based Payment

Author: Easterling, Sharon

Source: CodeWrite

Publication Date: March 2016




As industry propels itself toward a shift in how providers are reimbursed, measured, and selected for care, providers have to be open, fluid, and deliberate in their plans over the next three years and beyond. The "CMS Quality Strategy 2016" was released by the Centers for Medicare an....

ABNs--Always Been Neglected

Author: Dunn, Rose T

Source: AHIMA community resource

Publication Date: November 14, 2003


For something that has been around for nearly 2 decades and supported by regulation since 1965, Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) continue to cause headaches today. The use of written notices has been available since the enactment of PL 92-603 in 1972. The specific format called an Advance B....

Medicare Data Study Spotlights Coding Errors

Author: Cottrell, Carlton

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2000



Coding quality for Medicare claims is an area of constant concern. Coding errors can have far-reaching effects in the healthcare universe, and coders are experiencing increased scrutiny from both regulators and hospitals looking to control costs. As a follow-up to results of a Medica....

Understanding National Coverage Policies: Navigating the Maze of HACs, Serious Reportable Events, and Wrong Surgical Sites

Author: Cook, Jane; D'Amato, Cheryl; Garrett, Gail S.; Ruhnau-Gee, Becky; Hyde, Linda A.; Novak, Natalie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2009


Present on admission indicators, hospital-acquired conditions, serious reportable events, and “wrong” surgical events are each hot topics. However, they also can be a hot topic together, because a number of these reporting requirements are interrelated. HIM professionals must under....

CY 2017 OPPS Update

Author: Comfort, Angie

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2017



As last year drew to a close, facilities began the looming task of reviewing the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule to ensure their chargemaster and systems were up-to-date with the 2017 changes. The final rule for calendar year (CY) 2017 was released on Novem....

Key Issues in the 2008 OPPS Final Rule

Author: Clark, Andrea

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2008



The main objective of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implementation of the 2008 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule was to address the recent explosion of growth in program expenditures for hospital outpatient services. CMS has created additional i....

Observation Services - Ensuring Every Dollar

Author: Canter, Kelly

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

Inpatient medical necessity has become a very hot topic for the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) over the last 12 months. Due to the focus on medical necessity for inpatient admissions, proactive and reactive hospitals are scrutinizing their admission practices. Since there....

Clarifying Patient Status Code

Author: Bryant, Gloryanne H.

Source: Journal of AHIMA - Coding Notes

Publication Date: June 2008


The patient status code reflects the level of care a patient was discharged or transferred to when leaving an acute care hospital as an inpatient or outpatient (i.e., emergency department or emergency room). A recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services MLN Matters publication provides a....

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