Success is a Continuous Journey

Featured on ted.com, Richard St. John shares his life story and how he rose to success… In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we…

Telemedicine… And Why It Is Popular

Telemedicine refers to remote clinical services that utilize electronic communications and software to facilitate health care without an in-person visit. Telemedicine technology can be used for a number of different services include medication management, management of chronic health conditions, consultations, and follow-up visits. These services are conducted via secure video and audio connections, typically on…

Code Spotlight — Communication Technology

Exciting new opportunities have emerged for virtual check-in services. CMS is now stating there are coverage and reimbursement opportunities for providers that render, document, and bill for the virtual check-in services. There are some specific communication technology requirements that organizations will need to implement prior to claims submission. These new codes reflect the key role…

AMA, CMS and Manatt Health Release Study of Colorado’s Efforts to Reverse Opioid Epidemic

Spotlight analysis finds progress made on numerous fronts, recommends next steps for policymakers, insurers and physicians The American Medical Association (AMA), Colorado Medical Society (CMS) and Manatt Health released a report today that shows Colorado has implemented meaningful reforms in response to the opioid epidemic though further steps are needed to save even more lives.…

2019 CPT Changes

Written By: Toni Elhoms, CCS, CRC, CPC, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Director of Coding/Compliance It’s that time of the year again! The new 2019 CPT code changes took effect January 1st. Understanding the myriad of upcoming changes is crucial to obtaining the proper reimbursement for your services! The changes for 2019 address a number of interrelated…

Federal CMS Agrees to Improvements in E/M Documentation and Delays “Collapse” of Levels

In the 2019 proposed rule on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed revisions to the E/M documentation guidelines intended to reduce administrative burden on physicians. In addition, the federal CMS proposed coding and payment changes to new and established office visit services. The AMA led the…