09/26/18 | Scam audio flyer Fionexia - please don't sign up
 

It has come to my attention that there is a flyer (from Fionexia) that is going out from a company that is fraudualent and stating I am doing an audio for them.  Please do not sign up it is a scam.  The audio they are advertising was done for AudioEducator.com. It appears if you pay for it you may not get anything for your pay!!!

Scam audio flyer Fionexia - please don't sign up
 
08/11/18 | Margie Vaught Newsletters
 

Now you can access and download the newsletters directly from this site. 

Margie Vaught Newsletters
 
07/20/18 | 2019 Proposed Fee schedule released
 

Proposed 2019 Fee Schedule is out – hang on to your seats…

CMS released the 12th of July the proposed changed for the physician fee schedule for 2019 (https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2018-Press-releases-items/2018-07-12.html).

2019 Proposed Fee schedule released
 
07/20/18 | CPT updates policy of 63047 with 22633
 

CPT updates their policy regarding nerve root decompressions and interbody fusions

AANS, NASS and AAOS have been working hard on getting CPT to change their previous October 2016 CPT Assistant regarding nerve root decompression 63047 and interbody fusion 22633 being inclusive

CPT updates policy of 63047 with 22633
 
03/05/18 | Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion
 

You may have been experiencing feedback from a facility when trying to schedule your total knee replacements as inpatients. 

Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion
 
07/10/17 | New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 

You will want to update your bone marrow aspiration coding for 2018 as well as some adipose-derived cell therapy for hands

New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 
07/10/17 | Spinal surgery
 

If you do any spinal surgery you want to be aware of the Medicare changes that are taking place regarding number of levels, number of cages as well as diagnosis issues.

Spinal surgery
 
06/10/16 | CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
  Unspecified ICD-10 codes be careful
CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
 
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Act by Friday to secure one-year HIPAA mega-rule extension for business associates

You’ll need to draft and sign a business associate agreement by Friday, Jan. 25, if you don’t already have one in place, to get an extra year to comply with new business associate regulations in the recently released HIPAA mega-rule.
The rule expanded the definition of “business associate” to include vendors, contractors and subcontractors for covered entities, including physician practices and home health agencies. That means vendors for electronic health records (EHR) systems and even janitorial services are required to abide by HIPAA and it’s the providers’ responsibility to make sure they do by Sept. 23.
But a little-noticed provision gives providers an additional year from the rule’s Sept. 23, 2013 compliance date to comply with the new business associate requirements if they submit an agreement by Jan. 25. Those agreements will be grandfathered in, barring any modification or renewal of the agreement before the grace period runs out Sept. 23, 2014.
If you don’t submit a HIPAA-compliant agreement by Jan. 25, you’ll be forced to comply with the new standards by Sept. 23, 2013.
The extension enables you to focus on compliance with other provisions of the final rule, such as updating policies to reflect changes to the notice of privacy practices and breach notifications.
What you should do now
First, determine whether you have business agreements in place and then run them by your health care attorney to make sure they’re compliant with HIPAA, advises Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor for the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) in Washington, D.C. If you don’t have an agreement, draw one up based on HHS’ Office of Civil Rights’ (OCR) checklist, have it signed and dated by all parties by Friday.
For more information on the HIPAA mega rule and how its changes will affect you, visit DecisionHealth’s publication sites for Part B News, Home Health Line and Private Duty Insider.
Don’t put yourself at risk of costly HIPAA violations. Register today for HIPAA “mega-rule” made simple and get a complete analysis of the new rule with attorney Robert Markette
http://www.decisionhealth.com/conferences/a2354/home.html