The medical billing coding system is about to get larger and tougher – with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adding 1900 diagnosis codes and 3651 hospital inpatient procedure codes to the ICD-10 coding system for fiscal year 2017. As it is, there are 68000 billing codes under ICD-10,
Medical billing is one area that most healthcare facilities find nerve wracking, time consuming, complicated and tricky. With all those rules to follow, codes that need to be put in correctly and supporting documents to be attached, medical billing is an area that is highly prone to mistakes. Typically these mistakes are due to carelessness,
Have you ever been a victim of medical billing fraud? Medical billing fraud, especially those related to insurance billing are far more common in practices than you would think. There are cases of willful fraud committed as well as those that are committed without even knowing it. In either case, the onus of the fraud and its legal consequences rests on the practice.
Information Technology and computers are supposed to make our work easier, faster and accurate. However, the transition to digitized record systems seems to be causing a whole new category of patient safety errors. From ordering medication dosages larger than required to making entries in the wrong patient’s records – are these user errors in the making or are they due to a poor system design?
Population Health Management using health IT is one of the biggest goals for healthcare providers, in the current healthcare landscape. A survey conducted by HIMSS Media on behalf of Royal Philips highlights how healthcare professionals are using connected health technology in the context of population health management. The survey covering 105 leaders in healthcare IT shows that the majority of health systems seeking to improve patient outcomes have already implemented population health management systems.
One of the most frustrating aspects of mobile health applications offered by hospitals is the lack of required services that consumers want. Although, out of 100 of the largest US hospitals, 66 offer consumer mobile health apps; only 2% of patients are found to be using them. This coupled with the non availability of services that consumers want from their health apps,
Do you remember why you started your medical facility? The desire to help and treat others of their ailments – wasn’t that the reason? And yet here you are, dabbling with billing, insurance companies, revenue cycles and bad debts – all of which impinge on the time that you could be spending looking after your patients.
The Zika Virus
While monitoring sylvatic yellow fever in rhesus monkeys in 1947, the researchers in Uganda also identified an emerging mosquito borne virus – Zika. In 1952, the Zika virus was identified in humans, first in Uganda and then in Tanzania. Belonging to the genre Flavivirus and spread through the Aedes mosquito,
All medical billing and coding professionals use standardized classification systems to code the patient’s medical and care history. However, there are medical billing and coding professionals who specialize in specific areas of medicine and work as specialist coders and billers. To become a specialist medical billing and coding professional,
The ever-changing healthcare scenario is making it difficult for clinicians to manage their finances. On one hand, the number of patients are increasing every day, while on the other, reimbursement by insurance companies for medical care provided is being reduced. Rising expenses and tons of paperwork; compliance issues and fears of a malpractice suit – all these are creating pressures on healthcare providers to maintain their standards of care and service.