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2016 April Items

Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program (SNFVBP) - Beginning 2019

April 25, 2016 - By Chris Woolstenhulme, CMRS
Medicare plans to start a Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program (SNFVBP), beginning fiscal year 2019. This program will be used to promote better clinical outcomes for skilled nursing facility patients and improve care during their stay at a skilled nursing facility.   Sk... Read More

ICD-10-CM Coding for Influenza

April 25, 2016 - By Bonnie G. Schreck, BS, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, COBGC
Influenza in ICD-10-CM is classified in the following categories: J09 Influenza due to certain identified influenza viruses – this includes the following types: o   Avian o   Bird o   A/H1N1 o   Swine o   Other influenza of animal ori... Read More

Lack of Business Associate Agreement (BAA) Costs Non-Profit 1.55 Million

April 18, 2016
It is important for providers to understand the critical nature of the Business Associate Agreement (BAA). Far too many healthcare providers are neglecting this component of HIPAA, which can be a costly mistake. For years providers have been warned that if they are a HIPAA Covere... Read More

CMS Releases Core Quality Measures for 7 Specialties

April 18, 2016 - By Wyn Staheli
On February 16, 2016, CMS, in conjunction with major commercial health plans and physician groups, released the first set of core measures, which will be used as the basis for quality-based payments. Part of the MACRA - SGR repeal was to begin to implement payment systems based on quality measu... Read More

Proposed new ICD-10 codes for 2017!

April 01, 2016
It turns out that there is a whole batch of new external cause codes for "Exposure to supernatural forces." They are in a new block from X40-X49.  You might want to pass this on to your contacts.  You can review the new codes here: Proposed new ICD-10 codes for 2017! No... Read More

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