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  •             In order to ensure proper reimbursement, it is essential for inpatient health care facilities to record the medical conditions that the patient has when they are admitted. This information is documented using Present On Admission (POA) indicators. POA indicators differentiate between medical conditions that were present at the time […]

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  •               Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its annual “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.” According to the data for 2016, the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is the highest ever recorded in the country’s history. About 1.6 million Americans were diagnosed […]

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  •             Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) is the most common infections that patients acquire within healthcare facilities. According to a study published in BMC Health Services Research in May 2017, urinary tract infections in general account for up to 36 percent of the infections that are acquired within healthcare facilities, […]

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  •               When electronic medical records (EMR) were first introduced, some observers predicted that electronic documentation would mean that medical coding inaccuracies would soon be a thing of the past. Indeed, today’s EMR systems include algorithms that can automatically make front-end edits and catch documentation mistakes, thereby preventing certain miscommunications […]

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  •             Every year, millions of people have their wisdom teeth removed. Although it is not necessary for all patients, estimates indicate that around 85 percent of people need to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point during their life in order to prevent significant dental problems. If your small […]

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  •           If you are a health care provider at a small practice, you might be surprised to find out that the auto insurance laws in your state have the potential to significantly impact your revenue cycle. This is particularly true in states that have “no fault” auto insurance laws. Under this […]

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  •               Every year, the American Dental Association (ADA) updates its coding standards within the Current Dental Terminology (CDT) code set. For instance, as we discussed in a previous post, the 2017 changes included eleven code additions, one code deletion, and five code revisions. Several of these code changes have […]

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  •                 For physicians, chronic digestive issues are some of the most difficult to diagnose. When a patient complains of stomach pain, irregular bowel movements, or abdominal bloating, there are a wide range of possible culprits. The reason for the patient’s discomfort could be as innocuous as a food […]

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  •                     In previous decades, home health care has been offered almost exclusively for the elderly and the disabled. Although these two populations continue to be the most common patients, home health services are now being expanded to meet the needs of many other patient populations. As […]

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  •               In July 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that over 100 million adults in the United States had diabetes or prediabetes. The most common diagnosis is type 2 diabetes mellitus — also known as adult-onset diabetes — which is a chronic condition in which […]

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  •                 Starting in 2000, a new Prospective Payment System (PPS) was established for home health services. A PPS is a method of reimbursement in which Medicare makes a payment of a fixed amount. That amount is predetermined and can vary based on the anticipated services. The PPS for […]

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  •               In today’s highly competitive dental services industry, properly managing your practice’s revenue cycle is becoming increasingly important. Problems like claim denials and payment delays can prevent you from achieving your goals when it comes to revenue growth, and they can drain your staff’s time and resources. One common […]

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  •               Worker’s compensation is one of the most complex areas of medical billing. It works differently from private insurance, so if your practice does not handle every step of the process properly, it can result in confusion and claim denials that can disrupt your revenue cycle. Understanding the basics […]

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  •               For doctor’s offices and clinics, effective revenue cycle management is essential. One of the most reliable indicators that your revenue cycle is in trouble is a steady increase in Accounts Receivable (AR) days. If your AR days are increasing, it can significantly disrupt your cash flow and lead […]

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  •           Ambulatory care visits where major depressive disorder is the primary diagnosis are becoming increasingly common. According to the CDC, they accounted for over 8 million visits between 2009 and 2010. In an average two-week period, over 7 percent of the US population over the age of 12 suffers from depression. […]

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  •                 Earlier on the blog, we discussed the importance of understanding and managing medical insurance claim denials. One of the most common reasons for a claim denial is lack of coverage — that is, when there is a misunderstanding between the patient, the doctor, and the insurance carrier […]

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  •             For medical providers, one of the most common barriers to effective Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is frequent medical billing and claim denials. When an insurance company or carrier refuses to pay for health care services, it can significantly impact your cash flow, as well as your organization’s overall efficiency […]

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  •             A lot of dental practices shy away from dental-medical cross coding. The excuses that dentists give can vary widely, but they all come down to the same basic idea: dental-medical cross coding seems unnecessarily complicated. Dentists worry that it’s just not worth the time and effort that it takes […]

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  •             For health care providers, Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) is a major concern. In order to ensure that you receive full payment for all services in a timely manager, it is essential that all financial issues be managed properly from the moment the patient initiates an appointment to the […]

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  •           Over the past few years, the home health care industry has been booming. In total, the industry is expected to be worth $349.9 billion in 2020. More and more home health agencies are starting up and expanding across the country, and they are offering a wide range of innovative services. […]

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  •           There are lots of things about the new ICD-10-CM coding guidelines that can be confusing for home health care providers. One of the items that can be difficult for providers to understand as they try to fill out the OASIS form is the Optional Diagnoses item M1025 Section, for which […]

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  •             One of the biggest differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM coding guidelines is the seventh-character coding extension. There are only a few areas of care where this extension needs to be used, and home health care is one of them. When assigning diagnosis codes based on an OASIS report, it […]

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  •             Home health care providers are required to fill out an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) form at a patient’s initial appointment, at each 60-day follow up appointment, and at the point of discharge. Providers are required to include a wide range of data on the form, which is […]

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  •             As more Baby Boomers hit retirement age, the number of patients seeking home health care is on the rise. Every time a home health care provider begins working with a new patient, they must begin by filling out an Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) report. OASIS data must […]

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  •             Delivering a baby can be a complicated process that results in multiple medical codes needing to be billed. Obstetricians can select from over seventeen categories of labor and delivery complications. Within the categories, there can be tens of subcategories. Some of these codes are billable and some are not. […]

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