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2015 March Articles


Antipsychotic Drug use and Patient Care

March 06, 2015
In an effort to improve quality of care in nursing home, CMS has been reviewing PQRS quality measures and offering provider training through a variety of mediums. Antipsychotic drug use is just one of the measures being reviewed. The MLN Connects Provider eNews&nbs... Read More

New Feature in ICD-10-CM: Combination Codes

March 06, 2015
There are several new features in ICD-10-CM. Watch for these new features such as:  Combination Codes Combination Codes For Certain Conditions and Common Associated Symptoms and Manifestations Examples: •K57.21 – Diverticulitis of large intestine with perforation and ab... Read More

Modifier XE Fact Sheet

March 06, 2015
Definition Separate Encounter, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Occurred During A Separate Encounter Appropriate Usage Coding pairs are part of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure to procedure edits Documentation indicates the services were provided during separate... Read More

New feature found in ICD-10-CM - Laterality

March 02, 2015
There are several new features in ICD-10-CM. Watch for new features such as:  Laterality (Left, Right, Bilateral) Examples: •C50.511 – Malignant neoplasm of lower-outer quadrant of right female breast; •H16.013 – Central corneal ulcer, bilateral; and •L89.0... Read More

CMS: 81 percent of Initial ICD-10 Test Claims Accepted

March 02, 2015
Of nearly 15,000 test claims received by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for the first round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing, 81 percent were accepted, according to statistics revealed by the agency Wednesday. To read the entire article visit FierceHealthIT.... Read More

CMS Announces Submission Timeframes for 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Data

March 02, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2014 PQRS data submission timeframes.  An Individuals Authorized Access to CMS Computer Services (IACS) account with the “PQRS Submitter Role” is required for these PQRS data submission methods.... Read More

CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline

March 02, 2015
Originally, for providers to Attest EHR/Meaningful Use for the 2014 reporting period, the attestation deadline was February 28, 2015.  However, to encourage providers to start attesting for the 2014 reporting year, CMS has extended the attestation deadline for eligible professionals to March 20... Read More

Global Surgery Fact Sheet

March 02, 2015
The global surgical package, also called global surgery, includes all necessary services normally furnished by a surgeon before, during, and after a procedure. Medicare payment for the surgical procedure includes the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative services routinel... Read More

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