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SCOTUS: Same Sex Couples Can Legally Marry

SCOTUS rules: Regardless of your politics, it’s the law of the land.  Same sex couples may now legally marry in all 50 states.  Be sure your forms and procedures for spousal notification, sharing of information, etc. are up to date and accurate!   These societal shifts seem to always follow with high profile missteps and mistakes. …

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CMS is Preparing to Update Eligible Professionals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing to update eligible professionals and group practices on its plans for 2017 Medicare payment adjustments in an upcoming Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Provider Call on September 24. The call scheduled for later this month — Medicare Quality Reporting Programs: 2017 Payment Adjustments — will focus on…

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ICD-10 Post-Implementation Flexibilities Clarified

Below, you will find clarification regarding ICD-10 flexibilities for post-transition (as scheduled for October 1, 2015) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) CMS intended last week’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) on these flexibilities to provide clarification for healthcare organizations and providers. Apparently, two FAQs in particular did not do the trick and…

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Labor Day Mishaps

S05.51XA — Penetrating wound with foreign body of right eyeball, initial encounter W39.XXXA — Discharge of firework, initial encounter Y92.833 — Campsite as the place of occurrence of the external cause In preparation for the upcoming deadline for ICD-10 implementation, RT Welter presents weekly ICD-10 Codes of the Week! Our goal is to familiarize you…

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The RBRVS is (and has Been) Evolving

Most reimbursement, one way or another, directly or indirectly is based on the RBRVS. The RBRVS updates and changes. It is doing so now quite rapidly! If you have not updated your billed charges in the last year or so, it is time to do so! Compare your billed charges to the current RBRVS and…

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Practice Good Skin Care This Summer!

L55.0 —Sunburn of first degree L55.1 —Sunburn of second degree L55.2 — Sunburn of third degree L55.9 — Sunburn, unspecified In preparation for the upcoming deadline for ICD-10 implementation, RT Welter presents weekly ICD-10 Codes of the Week! Our goal is to familiarize you with the new and expanded code set and the additional clinical…

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The 'F' word: Fraud

Remember: fraud exists and it is amazingly/sadly common in healthcare. Tighten up your processes and procedures for paying bills, credit card usage and permissions. Differentiation of duties, cross checks and transparent reporting are great ways, all be it not ironclad ways, to stop or discourage fraud. It is ALWAYS the last person you would expect! …

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