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    A happy patient—one well pleased with the patient experience—is a practice builder. How’s your patient roster holding up? Are you obtaining new patients? Are your existing patients satisfied? Improving patient satisfaction starts with the provider. While it certainly doesn’t end with the provider, as each member   Read more..
    Posted on 13 Apr, 2018
    The Patient Experience—It’s Your Bottom Line, Part II
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    Money can’t buy happiness, but happiness can—and does—make money. Patient satisfaction pays. In the wake of healthcare reform and its focus on patient-centered care, today’s patients are choosing happiness. Elevated to the role of consumer, they’re now in the driver’s seat. Patients are looking at   Read more..
    Posted on 5 Apr, 2018
    The Patient Experience—It’s Your Bottom Line, Part I
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    MACRA stress is—and has been—high. Last year’s AMA/ KPMG survey reported that fewer than one of four physicians had perceived themselves as "well prepared" to meet MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting requirements in 2017. Ninety percent of the physicians surveyed had considered the requirements   Read more..
    Posted on 19 Mar, 2018
    MIPS: How Hard Is Hard? CMS Wants to Know
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    If it happens, it won’t happen soon, not until 2019 or 2020—but happen, it may. MIPS could be repealed. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted 14-2 to ask Congress to repeal and replace MIPS. Who or what is MedPAC? MedPAC is an independent legislative body established in   Read more..
    Posted on 14 Mar, 2018
    MIPS is on the Chopping Block—and Just When You Thought You Might Get the Knack of It
  • Posted on 25 Apr, 2017
    Let’s Work to End Malaria For Good!
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    Have you updated your reporting of malignant carcinoid tumors, viral hepatitis, GIST or ovarian cyst coding?
    You haven’t had to deal with annual ICD-10-CM updates until Oct. 1, 2016. Now that the changes are effective, ensure your lab is on top of the latest changes. Take a look at how the first annual update in the ICD-10 Manual affects your pathology/lab coding   Read more..
    Posted on 10 Feb, 2017
    Key ICD-10 Changes That Impact Pathology/Lab Coding in 2017
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    ICD-10-CM 2017 Simplifies Your Zika Virus Reporting
    To justify Zika testing, report the symptoms At this time of year, you should be feeling at ease with the ICD-10-CM changes that went into effective Oct. 1, 2016. However when emerging infectious diseases, such as the Zika virus surface, selecting the most precise ICD-10   Read more..
    Posted on 2 Jan, 2017
    ICD-10-CM 2017 Simplifies Your Zika Virus Reporting
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    Pregnant women get different ICD-10s than other Zika patients.
    News headlines have been swirling around the Zika virus for days now, and it looks like the virus could become an epidemic in the Americas, if not properly contained. This will cause concern in the general population, of course, but as a coder you need to   Read more..
    Posted on 10 Feb, 2016
    Follow This Advice when You Dx Zika Virus Patients
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    Here’s why you might need a Z code for patients with a falling history.
    When a patient presents to the physician after falling, you’ll need to consider several concepts in order to code correctly. A lot of the ICD-10 coding decisions will hinge on the patient’s falling history, and how well you know the new diagnosis codes. Check out this   Read more..
    Posted on 27 Jan, 2016
    Make All the Right Moves by Following These Fall Coding Rules
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    CDC makes decision on temporary rule.
    Even though overall results for ICD-10 coding implementation have been positive, some practices have hit a few bumps along the way. Many of those bumps have involved the “Excludes1” notations in your diagnosis coding manual. Help’s here: Fortunately, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has addressed   Read more..
    Posted on 25 Jan, 2016
    Confused About Multiple Dx Coding? Check Out This ‘Excludes’ Guideline Update

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