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Turn The Cessation of Elective Surgeries Into an Opportunity to Educate

By |2020-05-28T18:28:41+00:00May 21st, 2020|Provider Documentation Training|

Under normal circumstances, the biggest difficulty practices encounter when trying to engage in physician education is timing.  Coordinating everyone’s schedules, pulling providers out of the operative and visiting rooms, and capturing a practice’s attention during the work day (or worse, during lunch) can be incredibly challenging.  We all understand that physicians are always busy and [...]

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Picking the Right Coding Vendor

By |2020-05-28T18:29:11+00:00May 21st, 2020|Remote Medical Coding|

Picking the right coding vendor can be challenging.  There so many options and they all tell you they offer accurate coding to ensure revenue optimization and compliance risk minimization.  To help you select the right coding vendor, we have compiled some considerations to help narrow down your decision. Always ask if the codes that they [...]

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Offshore Coding: HIPAA Risks

By |2020-05-28T18:29:52+00:00May 21st, 2020|Coding Compliance Risk, HIPAA & Remote Coding|

From a compliance exposure perspective, we believe that the HIPAA risk associated with sending PHI abroad is simply untenable.  HIPAA is an American law that does not extend beyond our borders.  The only way to ensure HIPAA protection abroad is to do so contractually via a BAA.  There is no regulatory authority abroad for the [...]

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Generalist Coders – A Fallacy

By |2020-05-28T18:30:28+00:00May 21st, 2020|Remote Medical Coding, Uncategorized|

There is no such thing as a coder who knows it all. If your coder claims to be able to code every specialty, and you let them, you might want to get your checkbook ready to pay back some recoupments.  There are over 70,000 ICD-10 codes and 10,000 CPT codes. The wealth of knowledge is [...]

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Split Model Service Providers (Medical Coding Vendors with Offshore and Onshore Operations)

By |2020-05-28T18:31:39+00:00May 21st, 2020|Coding Compliance Risk, Remote Medical Coding|

A troubling trend in the medical coding industry is a misleading split model where companies will have resources both onshore and abroad but not disclose which personnel are performing the services.  Some use their domestic resources almost exclusively for client facing interactions, such as sales and operations, but send all of the coding work to [...]

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Beware of Medical Coding Vendors Not Dedicated to Coding

By |2020-05-28T18:32:21+00:00May 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The coding industry is chock full of companies offering a bevy of services, one of them being coding.During our twenty five years in business, we have seen countless vendors in the healthcare revenue cycle industry add medical coding services to their service offerings. Their main focus is generally billing, scribe and documentation assistance, credentialing, or [...]

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Due to Covid-19 Crisis Providers Can Skip 2019 CMS MIPS Reporting

By |2020-05-28T18:27:58+00:00May 5th, 2020|COVID-19 Medical Coding, Medical Coding News and Recent Articles|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS has announced relief measures for providers who are bound to participate in its quality reporting programs, including the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). First, CMS is extending the deadline for submission of 2019 MIPS data from March 31, 2020, to April 30, 2020. Second, and perhaps most significantly, if [...]

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Are Your Remote Coders Secure? Google Warns of Covid-19 Cyber Threats

By |2020-04-23T06:41:16+00:00April 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Medical Coding|

As many healthcare organizations seek to have their billing and coding staffs work remotely, active attempts to compromise their organization's data, via phishing and malware, are being perpetrated by foreign actors. While many organizations seek to keep some continuity by allowing their team to continue performing services from home, they have left themselves open to [...]

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Why Cross-Training Medical Coders Can Get You In Trouble

By |2020-04-16T21:24:01+00:00April 16th, 2020|Remote Medical Coding|

Cross training sounds like it should work. A coder is a coder.  Why pay a new coder to work on Orthopedics when you have two OB/GYN coders with extra capacity? The job title is the same, the job itself is the same, the software/system access/workflow are the same.  Yet this thinking can get a practice [...]

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CMS Delays New Payment Model for Emergency Care Due To Covid-19

By |2020-04-15T05:05:43+00:00April 15th, 2020|Coding Compliance Risk, COVID-19 Medical Coding|

CMS has delayed the start date of its Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport model from May 1 until this fall. CMS selected 205 participants in February for the five-year ET3 model. CMS said it is delaying the start date because participants now are focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new model aims to give ambulance care teams [...]

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