Webinar “Mastering the Art of Modifier Use” begins Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Noon Eastern

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Mastering the use of modifiers is an important skill all coders should have in their toolkit. Modifiers are a critical component of coding. Using modifiers correctly can reduce the risk of lost revenue and improve audit compliance. Using modifiers incorrectly can result in lost revenue and increased claims scrutiny. In general, all coders likely already […]

Webinar “Discharge Disposition: Where Did They Go?” begins Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Noon Eastern

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When patients exit a hospital setting, there are several factors that can influence the amount of payment the hospital receives for the care provided. In addition to assignment of diagnosis and procedure codes, condition and value codes as well as patient date of birth and of course, payer contracts, the discharge disposition or discharge status […]

IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rule FY2021

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On May 11, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that focuses the agency’s efforts on a singular objective: transforming the healthcare delivery system through competition and innovation to provide patients with better value and results. The proposed rule would update Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective […]

Webinar “Sepsis After Careful Study” begins Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 1pm Eastern

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According to the CDC, “Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have —in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else—triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.” […]

Listen to “Coffee with the Coder” on Monday

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The next episode of our audio blog “Coffee with the Coder®” is Monday, June 4, 2020. CWTC features expert coders answering interesting (or popular) questions. Designed to take less time than a coffee break, CWTC is the conference call you don’t want to miss. And it’s FREE to listen. If you’d like to be reminded […]

ReOpening America Guidelines – Phase 1 – April 19, 2020

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From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: The United States is experiencing an unprecedented public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare facilities in some areas are stretched to their limits of capacity, and surge areas have been needed to augment care for patients with COVID-19. To expand capacity to care for these patients […]

IRF Grouper Update COVID-19 U07.1 added as Tier 3

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Download the new grouper software from CMS, which includes U07.1 as a Tier 3. 

Webinar “Reporting COVID-19” begins Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Noon Eastern

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to make massive changes in the way we all live our lives. It has become a worldwide public health crises, causing global economic upheaval and widespread uncertainty. With the world of healthcare facing a crisis it has not faced before, it’s now more important than ever that […]

Webinar “Reporting Telehealth Services – What’s Temporary, What’s (Currently) Permanent” Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Noon Eastern

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We are all sitting on the edge of our seats, listening to the latest newscast, waiting to see what will happen next as history unfolds in front of our eyes. This is the most monumental healthcare crisis many of us have seen in our lifetimes. Plus, we are all asked to social-distance. In healthcare, we […]