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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pretreatment day prior to surgery included in global service period

Effective for dates of service on or after January 1, 2011, established patient evaluation and management (E&M) services performed the day prior to a major surgical procedure will be considered part of the global...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pleased to announce the scheduled release of modifications to the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code set.  These changes have been posted to the HCPCS website at:...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Assistant at surgery reimbursement

Regence reimburses physicians and certain non-physician providers for assisting at surgery when the procedure code has been assigned an Assistant at Surgery Indicator 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS). All non-physician...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The American Academy of Family Physicians recently reported that the federal incentive funds physicians receive for the implementation of Electronic Medical Record will be taxed as regular income, thus diminishing its impact. 

 

Many EHR vendors are...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

What is an NPI again?

The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification Standard. The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. Covered health care providers and all...

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a data breach bill requiring entities that hold consumers' sensitive information to create a robust data compliance protection plan. The intention of the plan is to enforce strict breach notification requirements, reports Dom Nicastro, for ...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

 Certain provisions of the health care reform bill passed in March, 2010 become effective today, September 23, 2010.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed into law on March 23, 2010 and the amendments contained in the Health Care and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have proposed a rule to counter fraudulent activity in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP programs.  This rule would allow the authority to suspend payments to the provider during a fraud investigation based on credible allegations. 

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthnet of Oregon, Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp and other insurers declare that they will stop accepting enrollments for new children under the age of 19, effective immediately.  The insurers defend their move by citing the implementation of federal mandates that...

Friday, September 17, 2010

InfoGard, San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been named by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology as the third ONC-authorized testing and certification body as provided under the electronic health-record subsidy program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment...

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