Category: General Blog Posts

Signatures from representatives still needed for H.R. 3730

Kay Koch, OTR/L,ATP The holiday season is upon us and while this may not be on your holiday wish list many people who use complex rehab wheelchairs would like it to be. HR 3730 has still not gotten the signatures needed to exempt Complex Rehab Manual Wheelchair Accessories from Competitive Bidding. Introduced in the house

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Understanding the HIPAA Training Requirements

Do you understand the HIPAA training requirements? If you don’t, you’re not alone. HIPAA regulations concerning training can become a little vague and some people are unsure what they’re required to have training on or what it even entails. To help, we’re breaking down some of the confusion when it comes to HIPAA training requirements.

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OIG Hospice Report

Written by Lisa Eick RN CMS recently re-published an article regarding the OIG report from September 2016 that found more than one third of Hospice election statements and certification of terminal illness documents were found to be non-compliant. The sample included only General Inpatient stays (GIP), however the article is a great reminder for all

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Quick Facts about the HITECH and Omnibus Rule

Have you heard the terms HITECH and Omnibus Rule tossed around, but you aren’t entirely sure what they are? You aren’t alone. Here are fast facts about the HITECH and Omnibus Rule. What are they? HITECH: This is a provision to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided incentives to physicians and

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Codes Changed to E1399 for Cures Act Adjustments

CGS and Noridian DME MAC jurisdictions are processing thousands of claims on a daily basis in accordance with MLN Matters Article MM9968. The jurisdictions reported that they are on track to have all adjustments processed by November 15. Suppliers with oxygen claims covered under these mass adjustments may see miscellaneous code “E1399CC” on some Medicare

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Four Common HIPAA Violations and How to Avoid Them

With $23 million in fines issued, 2016 was a year of unprecedented amounts of HIPAA violations. It also doesn’t look like the Office of Civil Rights is slowing down on issuing these fines for 2017, either. Learn about four common HIPAA violations many people overlook and how you can avoid them.   Mishandling Medical Records

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Signature Requirements: Important things to remember

By: Christina Colegrove RN, BSN – Clinical Consultant The Medicare Program Integrity Manual requires that services provided/ordered are authenticated by the author.  This can be in the form of a handwritten or electronic signature.  Signature stamps are not acceptable. Please see some other important points related to signatures below. Handwritten Signatures Illegible signatures: MACs, ZPICs,

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Prepare for the future – New Social Security Number Removal Initiative

By: Nancy Conant, Clinical Consultant Are you aware the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 mandates the removal of the SSN-based HICN from Medicare cards?  This is a huge undertaking as CMS has identified approximately 90 different stakeholder entities that receive, store, use, or provide the HICN today.  The reason for this

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