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Tag: CMS

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Riding on Amtrak – Excited about the path ahead (for health care)

January 20, 2022 / By Megan Carr

As I hopped on an Amtrak train to go to a meeting (something I haven’t done in a long time!), I pulled out my laptop to start reading emails – […]

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Three questions with Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA: Medicare Advantage in 2022—Part 2

January 18, 2022 / By Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, Kelli Christman

I sat down with 3M Health Information Systems Global Chief Medical Officer Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, to discuss clinical and financial risk management, and risk stratification with Medicare Advantage plans. […]

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Another emergency update: The glass half full version

January 14, 2022 / By Rhonda Butler

In December I posted a blog on the “new and improved normal,” discussing the April 1 ICD-10-CM/PCS update added to the schedule beginning in 2022. Two updates a year instead […]

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A “new and improved” normal: Changes for April 1 update announced

December 15, 2021 / By Rhonda Butler

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) jointly finalized a proposal to make the April 1 update of ICD-10-CM/PCS […]

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Twice annual ICD-10 code updates and more COVID-19 ICD-10-CM/PCS code proposals

September 27, 2021 / By Rhonda Butler

The latest ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) was held virtually Sept. 14-15. First on the agenda, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final joint decision […]

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Three questions with Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA: Expanding Z codes to more accurately capture clinical information and support payment

August 20, 2021 / By Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, Kelli Christman

I sat down with 3M Health Information Systems Global Chief Medical Officer Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, to discuss CMS’ latest guidance on Z codes, SDoH and how that will impact […]

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ICD-10-PCS and NTAP: Where do we go from here?

June 16, 2021 / By Rhonda Butler

The first draft of this blog was an exhaustive (and exhausting) summary of the actual changes to the FY 2022 ICD-10-PCS posted recently on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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Back to basics: HCCs 101

April 30, 2021 / By Chris Berg, RHIA

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) have been used in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) risk adjustment payment model since 2004. That’s 17 years! More and more HIM professionals […]

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CMS change to reporting and reimbursement for high throughput COVID-19 testing

March 24, 2021 / By Bobbie Starkey

Some of you may be aware that CMS implemented some add-on payments for COVID-19 high throughput testing effective January 1, 2021. The add-on payments are being implemented to support laboratories […]

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ICD-10 updates twice a year? More COVID-19 code proposals? Highlights from the March C&M meeting

March 19, 2021 / By Rhonda Butler

The latest ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee (C&M) meeting gave us one more unprecedented thing in this time of unprecedented things—the combined agenda was the largest ever. The two-day virtual […]

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The COVID-19 vaccine: Gratitude while coding

March 5, 2021 / By Jean Jones, CPC

I have a confession to make: I wasn’t always pro vaccines! My view of vaccination has changed since my son was a baby when I actually considered skipping his vaccinations […]

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CMS: How to properly report the E/M add-on G codes

February 15, 2021 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Hopefully, everyone is using the new E/M codes without issue. CMS added two HCPCS codes to represent “additional” time for E/M services. These are important qualifiers, as medical necessity audits […]