Tag: Reimbursement


CMS announced 433  ICD-10 Codes Changes For 2024

The fiscal year 2024 ICD-10-CM codes have recently become active, and they will have an impact on your reimbursement. Earlier this year, CMS announced the incorporation of 395 fresh diagnosis codes, removal of 25 codes from the diagnosis set, and modification of 13 codes— all of which became effective on October 1. A substantial portion […]
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Tips to Avoid Billing Errors in Radiology Practices

Have you ever received a medical bill that left you perplexed, questioning how the expenses added up and left you scratching your head? If that’s the case, you’re certainly not alone. Billing for radiology can be intricate and confusing, involving numerous codes and procedures. Unfortunately, errors in medical billing are all too frequent, resulting in […]
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Append Surgical Modifiers With Confidence

Know how to differentiate modifiers 58, 78, and 79 to ensure proper reimbursement for all procedures performed. Modifiers convey important information about a claim and can directly affect reimbursement. But choosing the most appropriate modifier can be confusing — especially when two or more modifiers have similar descriptors. Modifiers 58, 78, and 79 are all used […]
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Denials Management Versus Denials Avoidance: CDI Can Capitalize

Typical CDI programs are intended to drive reimbursement through diagnosis securement, contributing to improved case mix index. The COVID-19 pandemic is placing monumental financial stressors upon hospitals, with added costs to treat patients with high acuity and long length of stays, coupled with significant revenue loss associated with postponement of more profitable elective surgeries, like […]
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4 Key Trends For Payers and Providers in 2021

A year since COVID-19 hit U.S. shores, the pandemic is still raging as deaths and cases strain hospital resources. Amid the scrambling, however, providers and payers are adjusting to a new normal likely to continue for months if not beyond. Though arrival of vaccines has prompted hope, the rollout has been slow and fragmented, left up to each […]
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How AI is Solving Big Challenges During COVID-19

Artificial intelligence is changing the way we think about healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, opening our eyes to new opportunities to use machine learning to draw useful conclusions faster. Before COVID-19, one of the biggest challenges healthcare organizations faced was how to accelerate and scale their application of AI—clinically and operationally. Now, the use cases […]
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6 Action Items for Your Denials Management Plan

There’s so much noise around denials management that it can be hard for even the most seasoned revenue cycle executives to cut through the clutter, find clear solutions, and make a solid plan. But that’s exactly what Kimberly Scaccia, vice president of revenue cycle at Mercyhealth in Wisconsin and Illinois, helped listeners do last month during a HealthLeaders webinar sponsored by Change […]
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Transforming Revenue Cycle Management Using Automation

In today’s healthcare industry today, there is a lot of buzz and hype surrounding automation. Large healthcare networks, medical facilities, and revenue cycle management service providers alike are looking to achieve a more efficient, robust revenue cycle through automation technologies. Any technology that can free employees to focus on high-value tasks and make revenue cycle […]
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Chronic Care Management Code Use Increases, But Uptake Still Lagging

Providers are increasingly using chronic care management (CCM) codes to address care fragmentation issues for patients with multiple chronic conditions. However, utilization patterns among providers could indicate some unaddressed challenges, according to a new study. The study recently published in the American Academy of Family Physicians examined publicly available Medicare data from 2015 to 2018. The data captured all […]
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A View into Proposed Medicare PFS and Policy Changes for 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the past week has proposed Medicare payment rules for outpatient services and physicians for 2021 and finalized payment rules for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and psychiatric facilities. Looking specifically at the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule, scheduled to be published Aug. 17, it had […]
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