Chiropractic Compliance Articles and Resources

Because compliance covers so many areas of a healthcare provider practice, a more thorough explanation is found in Chapter 3-Compliance in the ChiroCode DeskBook. Generally, healthcare providers need to understand:
  • How to maintain a dynamic compliance plan
  • Fraud and abuse standards
  • Federal requirements (see related topics below)
  • How to minimize the impact of audits.

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$636 Million in Overpayments Made by Medicare to Providers for Neurostimulators

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

According to the OIG "MEDICARE OVERPAID MORE THAN $636 MILLION FOR NEUROSTIMULATOR IMPLANTATION SURGERIES." So often we think if we get paid, we must be doing it right, well this is not always the case. You may get paid and then have to return the funds if billed incorrectly or a step ...

Coding for a Performance of an X-ray Service vs. Counting the Work as a Part of MDM

by  Stephanie Allard, CPC CEMA RHIT

When x-rays are audited on the same date as an E/M encounter we have one of three decisions to make about the work that went into the radiological exam when the practice owns x-ray equipment and does their own interpretations internally. First, we must determine whether the x-ray was...

Medicare Auditors Caught Double-Dipping

by  Edward Roche, PhD JD

Overlapping extrapolations require providers to pay twice. Some Medicare auditors have been caught “double-dipping,” the practice of sampling and extrapolating against the same set of claims. This is like getting two traffic tickets for a single instance of running a red light. This seedy practice doubles the amount...

Cybersecurity & Ransomware Warnings

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Although HIPAA Security protocols have been in effect for some time, as technology advances, if we are not diligent, gaps can be left available for intruders. On top of that, on February 23, 2022, the American Hospital Association issued a cybersecurity advisory. They stated, “there is concern that Russia may retaliate against the U.S. and allied nations with disruptive cyberattacks.”

Is Your Organization Ready to Deal with Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Audit Contractors?

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Audits are currently underway to verify the monies distributed through the CARES Act were warranted and properly used by those organizations that received them. The federal government has contracted with financial institutions such as KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others, to perform these audits referred to as Provider Relief Fund (PRF) audit contractors, funded with monies from the very same program. There were four phases of funding disbursements with phase 1 audits beginning in September. How ready are you to be audited?

ICD-10-CM Cracks Down on the Use of "Unspecified" in the 2021 Official Guidelines

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

We always knew there would come a day when payers would look down on an "unspecified" diagnosis code and possibly even deny it or delay payment until a review of the record could be performed. ICD-10-CM was adopted by the U.S. for data analytics, which cannot be accurate if unspecified codes are reported when the documentation verifies greater specificity. Join us for a look at the many guideline changes to ICD-10-CM, a review of the newest code changes and suggestions on documentation improvement to elevate coding protocols.

Medicare's ABN Booklet Revised

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

The “Medicare Advance Written Notices of Non-coverage” booklet, published by CMS’s Medicare Learning Network, was updated. This article discusses the changes to this booklet regarding the use of the ABN.

Compliance in the Dental Office or Small Practice

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

If your practice does not already have a compliance program in place, you will want to get started after reading this article. We have uncovered some important findings with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in dental practices you need to be aware of. A compliance program offers standard procedures to follow, ...

Intersegmental Traction — What’s Happening with Roller Tables?

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Intersegmental traction therapy via the use of roller tables has been used by doctors of chiropractic for many years. Recently, questions have arisen regarding the appropriate billing of roller tables. This is largely due to the statement published in the July 2020 CPT Assistant published by the American Medical Association (AMA). Which code should you really be using?

HIPAA Penalty Changes

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

On January 5, 2021, H.R. 7898 was signed into law by President Trump. This new law modifies the HITECH Act such that when an organization experiences a breach, fines and/or penalties may be reduced if (for at least a year) they have instituted “recognized security practices” as defined within the law.

Stay out of Trouble — Understand the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

To assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries, CMS created the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program; a Medicaid benefit which pays for Medicare deductibles, coinsurance, or copays for any Medicare-covered items and services for Medicare Part A, Part B, and Medicare Advantage (Part C). Providers/suppliers are prohibited from billing premiums and cost sharing to Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in QMB.

Dismal OIG Report on Telemedicine

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Providers need to understand the rules for reporting telemedicine services. A recent OIG report shows that this is not the case. What problems are being found in documentation claims? As providers are expanding their telehealth offerings, now is the time to understand the potential pitfalls since disallowed amounts will be taken back.

CMS Temporarily Suspends Contract-Level RADV Audits

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is suspending contract-level RADV audits, related to the payment year 2015 and will not initiate any new ones until after the public health emergency has ended. Any documentation already submitted will be reviewed as usual.

COVID-19: Cybercrime, Telehealth, and Coding

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Your inbox is probably like mine with all sorts of announcements about COVID-19. Here are just a few reminders of things we felt should be passed along. We have heard of several cases of cybercrime related to this outbreak. For example, there was a coronavirus map which loads malware onto your ...

"What is the ICD-10 code for...?" - Search Smarter With Find-A-Code Tools

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

Do you still find yourself searching the internet for an ICD10 code? Medical coders often type into their search engine, what is the ICD10 code for ... and a specific diagnosis code, to avoid repeatedly dragging out the incredibly large ICD10 codebook. Ironically, some of the most commonly searched ICD10 diagnoses include: ...

Inadequate Exclusion Screenings Could Put Your Practice at Risk

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Exclusion screenings require far more than just checking a name on a federal database at the time you are hiring someone. Far too many providers don’t realize that in order to meet compliance requirements, there is MUCH more involved. There are actually over 40 exclusion screening databases/lists that need to be checked.

2020 Official ICD-10-CM Coding Guideline Changes Are Here!

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

It’s that time of year for offices to get ready for the ICD-10-CM code revisions. As part of that process, it’s also good to know what is going on with the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. In the examples listed below, strikeout text is deleted and highlighted text ...

Are You Aware of Medicare Advantage Plans Timely Filing Rules?

by  Aimee L. Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT

The Medicare Fee for Service (FFS) program (Traditional or Original Medicare) has a timely filing requirement; a clean claim for services rendered must be received within one year of the date of service or risk payment denial. As any company who has billed Medicare services can attest, the one-year timely filing ...

Will Medicare Change Their Rules Regarding Coverage of Services Provided by a Chiropractor?

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Two separate pieces of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2883 and H.R. 3654) have the potential to change some of Medicare’s policies regarding doctors of chiropractic. Find out what these two bills are all about and how they could affect Medicare policies.

The OIG Work Plan: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

by  NAMAS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) founded its Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 1976 and tasked it with the responsibility to combat waste, fraud, and abuse within Medicare, Medicaid, and the other HHS programs. With approximately 1,600 employees, HHS OIG is the largest inspector general's office within ...
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What do Chiropractors Need to do to Comply with the No Surprises Act? 

by  Evan M. Gwilliam, DC MBA CPC CCPC CPC-I QCC MCS-P CPMA CMHP AAPC Fellow

Does a Self-Care Rx Effect Medical Reimbursement and How? 

by  Tom Grant DC, Med-Legal Consultant, Pragma Intel Director of Education

This is the easiest of therapies to initiate and it adds great medical value. Most DC's do not prescribe/proscribe self-care instructions. Self-care Rx's have defined timelines for implementation and updates. Done incorrectly, self-care Rx's damage medical value and decrease reimbursements.

HIPAA Has New Requirements (New as of 2013-11-07) 

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

HIPAA Has New Requirements ...

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