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Picking Apart the PPACA (Obamacare)

Patient Affordable Care Act Changes That Occurred in 2010 Indoor tanning services were assessed a 10% excise tax. A re-insurance program offset the costs of health benefits for workers age 55-64 who were forced into early retirement. Medicare beneficiaries who fell into the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug “donut hole” received a $250 rebate. They…


FREE ICD-10 Seminars

Seminar Title: ICD-10: A Coder’s Perspective Seminar Cost: FREE – Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity! Seminar Description: An informative seminar to give a coder’s viewpoint of the ICD-10 transition and to alleviate fears of what the new code set will mean to coders and billers. We will review guideline changes, new concepts and…


An Episode of Dateline

Was it: T71.141A
Asphyxiation due to smothering under another person’s body (in bed), initial encounter, accidental

Or was it: T71.143A
Asphyxiation due to smothering under another person’s body (in bed), initial encounter, assault


What Hospitals Should Do About Payment Changes in 2013

In response to the government’s continued focus on improving quality of care through payment policy, several changes to new and existing regulatory requirements recently came about through the 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rules (“Final Rules”). As a result, hospitals will…


2013 Credentialing & Reimbursement Updates – Important!

Medicaid Primary Care Payment Increase The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted changes to Medicaid primary care reimbursement. Eligible physicians will receive supplemental payments for services rendered between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. These supplemental payments will raise the Medicaid reimbursement to Medicare rates. To be eligible for the supplemental payments, physicians must self-attest…