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How Does the Definition of "Problem Assessed" Change in the 2023 E/M Guideline Updates?

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

The 2023 Evaluation and Management changes have been published and efforts are ongoing to educate coders and provider organizations on the guideline and code description changes that will impact professional coding in the facility setting. These changes required a significant revision to the guidelines and definitions of the various levels of complexity associated with the Number and Complexity of "Problems Addressed" during an encounter, which is the first element of medical decision making (MDM) and the following explanations and examples should provide a greater understanding of the changes headed our way in January.

$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 ...

PDPM Grouper for Skilled Nursing

by  Find-A-Code™

The additional grouper for Skilled Nursing, sometimes referred to as (PDPM), is used for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A stay. This grouper is included with our Home Health Grouper.  Current groupers/calculators include: Home Health PDGM (Patient-Driven Grouping Model) Skilled Nursing Facility PDPM (Patient-Driven Payment Model) What is it? According to CMS, In ...

Staging and Grading Periodontitis

by  Christine Woolstenhulme, QMC QCC CMCS CPC CMRS

We now understand periodontitis may present itself as a manifestation of systemic diseases in fact; according to DeltaDental, research shows that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth, and excessive gum problems. Some of these diseases include: Diabetes Leukemia Oral cancer Pancreatic cancer Heart ...

Q/A: Is the Functional Rating Index by Evidence-Based Chiropractic Valid?

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Question Is the Functional Rating Index, from the Institute of Evidence-Based Chiropractic, valid and acceptable? Or do we have to use Oswestry and NDI? Answer You can use any outcome assessment questionnaire that has been normalized and vetted for the target population and can be scored so you can compare the results from ...

What Medical Necessity Tools Does Find-A-Code Offer?

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

Find-A-Code is a great resource for individuals working in all aspects of healthcare, from providers and ancillary staff to the attorneys and payers who assess and critique the documentation supporting the services performed. When recently asked what tools Find-A-Code has to help support medical necessity, our response was, "We provide many resources ...

Let's Talk High Risk E/M Services

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

Have you ever assigned a high-complexity E/M code (e.g., 99205, 99215, 99223, 99233, 99245, etc.) and wondered if it would stand up to further scrutiny? Well, let’s take a closer look at the requirements for reporting high-level E/M services.   Both the American Medical Association and Medicare-published E/M Guidelines agree that a ...

Importance of Outcomes Measurements

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

One important component of health care reporting is the utilization of quality measures which are typically classified into one of three broad categories: structure, process, or outcome. Structural measures define the healthcare provider’s capacity, systems, and processes (e.g., EHR use, ratio of providers to patients) Process measures indicate what providers do to ...

Annual Wellness Visit & Health Risk Assessment

by  Find-A-Code™

Coding tips regarding Annual Wellness Visit and Health Risk Assessments

The One-Minute Spinal Outcome Measure

by  Ron Feise, DC

Patient-reported outcome measures are increasingly necessary elements of good clinical practice.  By using a clinically meaningful outcome measure at the initial assessment and measuring change over time, you can track shifts in patient progress and thereby improve clinical decisions. Documenting treatment necessity (which can improve and facilitate reimbursement and decrease ...

Using the SBIRT

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Content - innoviHealth

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services are an effective tool for healthcare providers to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic substance use disorders. Healthcare practices can help their patients and improve their integrated care standards with the proper use of the SBIRT.
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Rock Solid Care Plans 

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

Don't ever let anyone challenge your care plans ever again. If you can know what the regulators are looking for while still being free to deliver the care you deem to be best for your patient, then you win. And your patient wins. Join Dr. Gwilliam, certified professional medical auditor, and all around nice guy, as he guides you to the steps to create rock solid care plans that will stand up to third party scrutiny.

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