Author

Elizabeth Debeasi
Marketing Writer/ Editor

Elizabeth works on an array of projects at TCI, researching and writing about modern reimbursement challenges. Since joining TCI in 2017, she has also covered the nuts and bolts of cybersecurity, compliance with federal laws, and how to tap into the advantages of Telehealth services.

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    Don’t let top claim errors for your specialty sink your bottom line this year. With so many coding rules and compliance regulations to follow, it’s easy to lose sight of correct coding and billing from time to time. That appears to have been the case in   Read more..
    Posted on 6 Mar, 2019
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Dig into the 2018 CERT Report for Valuable Lessons to Improve Your 2019 Reporting
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    CMS estimates that some practices will see pay increases, some will see decreases, and others will see no pay adjustment from the 2019 MPFS changes, despite the conversion factor (CF) increase. Take a look at the following specialties to see where your practice falls. If your specialty   Read more..
    Posted on 22 Feb, 2019
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    How Will the 2019 MPFS Affect Your Bottom Line?
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    A trained workforce is your best defense against unintentional — and intentional — PHI exposure. Ransomware takedowns populate news headlines, but many health IT breaches result from staff activities. Whether an employee accidentally discloses protected health information (PHI) or deliberately sets out to harm your   Read more..
    Posted on 11 Feb, 2019
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Ramp Up HIPAA Security with Staff Training & Informed Checks and Balances
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    Denial management is critical to preserving your bottom line. Coding errors accounted for 8.7 percent of improper payments made by Medicare in 2018, which cost over $2.75 billion. To avoid costly denials and potential payback demands, it’s essential to review code guidelines before submitting your claims. If   Read more..
    Posted on 7 Feb, 2019
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Identify Coding Pitfalls to Avoid Common Claim Errors
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    Due to overwhelming stakeholder feedback — much of it negative — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to stagger its overhaul of E/M documentation, coding, and payment policies over the course of two years, with only a handful of revisions for this   Read more..
    Posted on 31 Jan, 2019
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    What You Need to Know About 2019-2021 E/M Changes
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    Hint: Every service rendered in the global period isn’t necessarily reimbursed in the global package. Without a clear understanding of Medicare global surgery packages, you could see an influx of claim denials as you unwittingly submit claims for services included in the global package and not   Read more..
    Posted on 18 Dec, 2018
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Master Medicare’s Global Period & Collect Your Unrelated E/M Pay
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    Unless you meet one of the Privacy Rule’s exceptions, knowingly using, obtaining, or disclosing individually identifiable health information can saddle you with a $50,000 fine, plus civil liabilities. If you’re just joining our overview of HIPAA compliance, you might want to back up and start at the   Read more..
    Posted on 20 Nov, 2018
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Consider the Cost of HIPAA Noncompliance — Part 2
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    Get a Jumpstart on the 2019 CPT® Code Set: Part 2 If you’re just joining our overview of CPT® code changes for 2019, you might want to back up and start at the beginning of this series. In Part 1 , we lay out E/M code additions   Read more..
    Posted on 10 Oct, 2018
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    2019 CPT Code Set: Part 2
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    The air is getting brisk, and soon autumn leaves will fall. It seems appropriate, almost metaphorical, to change our code sets, doesn’t it? No sooner will you have acclimated to ICD-10 updates when CPT code changes come into effect on January 1st. The 2019 CPT® (Current   Read more..
    Posted on 5 Oct, 2018
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Get a Jumpstart on the 2019 CPT® Code Set: Part 1
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    Get acquainted with 100+ new and revised ICD-10 codes for ophthalmology. Of all the specialties, ophthalmology practices have been hit the hardest in terms of diagnostic code changes. The grand total comes in at just over 100 updates, so we’ve got a lot of ground to   Read more..
    Posted on 4 Oct, 2018
    By Elizabeth Debeasi
    Gear Up for 2019 ICD-10-CM Code Changes – Part 4