Outsourced Coding Vendors Face ICD-10 Challenges Related to Transition

  • Margaret Klasa DC, APN BC
  • Oct 29, 2015
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The October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10 has finally come and gone. While many industry experts had predicted complete chaos, shut-downs and major loss of productivity, as we enter the last week of October, only some of those predictions have come to fruition. It has been extremely quiet on both the provider and payer ends in the month of October. Some have even suggested that all these predictions of doom have come to resemble the Y2K nightmare that never materialized. Or it could be ...

Payers Should Be Alert to Fraudulent & Unnecessary Cardiac Procedures

  • Cindy Gallee, JD, RHIA, CHC
  • Oct 26, 2015
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Payers need to be ever vigilant in watching out for evolving fraud schemes. Case in point is a recent healthcare fraud investigation where a cardiologist was convicted of performing unnecessary cardiac procedures and causing unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries, which resulted in Medicare and other insurers overpaying $7.2 million over a six-year period. 1 This scheme was particularly dangerous because it not only cost taxpayers a large sum of money, but the health and lives of this doc ...

Context Goes to Washington as Exhibitor at 35th Annual SIIA Conference

  • John Danza
  • Oct 14, 2015
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Conference attendees will have the chance to learn about a new product this year - just recently, Context introduced a new Inpatient UCR module as part of its DecisionPoint™ Health Payment System. With the increasingly high cost of inpatient services, many valued UCR customers have been looking for a way to benchmark inpatient facility claims. As the trusted source for UCR fee data (including Medical, HCPCS, Anesthesia, Dental and Outpatient), Context has developed an independent source for inpatient charges for more than 740 Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs).

Fraud, Waste and Abuse, Payers,

Fight FWA by Detecting Suspiciously High Claim Volume by Specialty

  • Cindy Gallee, JD, RHIA, CHC
  • Sep 28, 2015
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The recent sentencing of a Chicago-area dermatologist for fraudulent medical billing points to the need for detection of suspicious high volume dermatology claims. The dermatologist was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of $3.7 million, a sentence the judge deemed was warranted due to the seriousness of the offense. 1    At issue was the excessive billing of laser removal procedures for pre-cancerous actinic keratosis when the lesions were in fa ...

Worker’s Compensation, PC Providers & Insurers to Use ICD-9 & ICD-10

  • Margaret Klasa DC, APN BC
  • Sep 28, 2015
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October 1, 2015, and beyond will certainly bring on the challenges for both providers and payers – from revenue cycle complications to compliance and technical issues that will be a hurdle to overcome on both ends of the payer and provider sides. Some segments of the insurance industry are not required to follow suit and transition to the new ICD-10 coding set, however that does not mean they will be untouched by this transition and will spend an increased amount of time sorting and ident ...

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