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ICD-10 Z codes

Clearly Describe Patients’ Conditions With NEW ICD-10 Z Codes

If your practice is like most, you’ve been busily working to add the 2023 ICD-10-CM codes to your electronic health records and superbills to prepare for the Oct. 1, 2022 implementation date. But one area that many practices may not have spent much time absorbing involves the ICD-10 Z codes that are new this year. […]
DME and Stark Law

5 Ways Medical Practices Can Spot Risky DME Arrangements

As many medical practices are aware, Durable Medical Equipment (DME) fraud is running rampant, and you could be pulled into a case even if you didn’t knowingly violate the Stark law or Anti-Kickback Statute. Why? Because a DME supplier who violates these laws could present your provider’s DME prescriptions as evidence to shift liability away from […]
Remote employee taxes

3 Tax Withholding Considerations for Your Remote Employees

Whether your practice has one remote worker or 20, you can’t afford to make legal mistakes when it comes to the employment and tax rules. As many staffers have shifted to remote work during the pandemic, you’ve had to learn about purchasing at-home office equipment, ensuring you meet HIPAA regulations for remote staff, and much […]
2023 CPT

CPT 2023: New E/M Code 99418 Among Big Jan. 1 Changes

The end of the year is approaching, and for coders, that always means getting to know a whole new set of procedure codes that take effect January 1. The 2023 CPT code set debuted last week, and includes 393 changes, with most of them (225) consisting of new codes. You’ll also find 75 deletions and […]
Medical records storage

3 Tips Help You Decide Where to Store Protected Health Info

It’s no surprise that you must store patient medical records for a set amount of time—often up to 10 years—depending on your state rules. And if you don’t comply with this requirement, you could face fines up to $50,000 per violation. What you may not know, however, is that your responsibility doesn’t end once you […]
Healthcare audit

Key Strategies Help You Avoid a Medicaid Audit

As part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicaid auditors are eager to come after potential instances of fraud or abuse that could cost you a fortune in fines, penalties and exclusions if you aren’t careful. Check out several areas that Medicaid auditors are targeting, and find out how you can stay […]
Advance beneficiary notice

Keep These ABN Formatting Tips in Mind to Stay Compliant

To keep reimbursement flowing into your practice, you must understand how to complete an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) of Non-Coverage. But having a high success rate with your ABNs goes beyond filling out the fields correctly. You must also use the right paper size, font, and ink color, or you may end up having to […]
ICD-10-CM guidelines

Aced the New ICD-10 Codes? Now Master Guideline Changes

You’ve got less than a month before you must start using the 2023 ICD-10-CM codes, but just as importantly, Oct. 1 is also the deadline for you to start following the 2023 ICD-10-CM Guidelines, and you’ll find major updates to those rules hitting next month. Here’s what they are: The ICD-10-CM Guidelines provide instructions for […]
active shooter

Strategize an Exit Plan if An Active Shooter Enters Your Practice

Your front desk team is likely to encounter angry patients from time to time, but when patients get violent, things can take a very stressful — and dangerous — turn. In some cases, that may mean your front desk team is confronted by someone with a weapon. Unfortunately, active shooter incidents have occurred at several […]
emotional intelligence

Retain Employees by Evaluating Emotional Intelligence Early on

When you’re interviewing new team members for your medical practice, you’re looking for someone with experience, a positive outlook, a personality that fits with your other staff members, and a background of punctuality, among other traits. But you should also be reviewing the person’s emotional intelligence. This refers to someone’s ability to notice, evaluate, and […]