New HCPCS Modifiers for 2017 Impact Reimbursement Rates

  • Margaret Klasa DC, APN BC
  • Dec 05, 2016
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established 2 new HCPCS modifiers that will affect reimbursement rates for the year 2017. The first new HCPCS modifier is FX, which is X-ray taken using film. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (Section 502(a)(1)) Medicare Payment Incentive for the Transition from Traditional X-Ray Imaging to Digital Radiography and Other Medicare Imaging Payment Provision amends the Social Security Act by reducing the payment amounts under th ...

Context 4 Healthcare, Inc. announces the latest addition to the Medicare pricing capability of the DecisionPoint Pricing System – End Stage Renal Disease

  • John Danza
  • Sep 12, 2016
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Context 4 Healthcare, Inc . , a leading provider of healthcare compliance and pricing solutions, announces today the implementation of the End Stage Renal Disease Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) as the latest addition to Context’s DecisionPoint Pricing System™. The DecisionPoint Pricing System is the first solution in the healthcare industry to provide automated, real-time access to accurate Medicare fees for pricing healthcare claims during adjudication. When health plan ...

ICD-10 Grace Period: The End is Near

  • Margaret Klasa DC, APN BC
  • Aug 05, 2016
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On October 1, 2016, the joint initiative between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), also known as the “grace period” will come to an end. The one year “grace period” allowed unspecified ICD-10-CM codes to be submitted on Medicare Part-B physician claims. The grace period was created to help ease the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding systems for physicians. While Medicare required the correct level of ICD- ...

Finding Healthcare Fraud in ICD-10 Using ICD-9 Investigation Schemas

  • John Danza
  • Jul 08, 2016
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An ongoing concern within every payer’s special investigation unit (SIU) has been how to adapt existing investigations and future analytics to ICD-10 codes. The thought of having to recreate years of investigative knowledgeware is daunting enough, but the thought of having to figure out the ICD-10 equivalents of the ICD-9 based knowledgeware make it feel akin to climbing Mount Everest. But those ICD-10 codes are hiding out and getting exploited, so something must be done. Con ...

Combat Hospice Fraud with Careful Review of Claims

  • Cindy Gallee, JD, RHIA, CHC
  • May 19, 2016
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As long as there is profit incentive, fraud by wrongdoers can enter into the healthcare spectrum at any point.  An increasingly common fraud scheme surrounds the care of the end-of-life patient in the hospice setting.  In order for most payers to cover a patient receiving hospice care, a physician’s written certification that the hospice patient is terminally ill with a life expectancy of six months or less is typically required.  Enter the fraud scheme – false certif ...

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