Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Recent Chart Auditing Requirements Fuel Changes in Urology Revenue Cycle Management

2012-12-26T23:25:15+00:00

What is the first step in maintaining a successful urology practice? Staying abreast of changing chart auditing regulations that directly impact the health of urology revenue cycle management. The quality of care provided by any urology practice is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of medical records. However, changes to the auditing standard have occurred to ensure that accuracy. Has your urology practice fully transitioned to SSAE 16? Developed in 2011 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this new auditing standard replaces SAS 70 to keep pace with the growing acceptance of international accounting standards. The [...]

Recent Chart Auditing Requirements Fuel Changes in Urology Revenue Cycle Management2012-12-26T23:25:15+00:00

Recent Changes in Diagnostic Radiology Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing Standards

2012-12-26T23:12:51+00:00

The quality of care provided by any diagnostic radiology group is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of medical records. It's a lot to juggle, particularly because diagnostic radiology tends to be one of the more complex coding and compliance areas. It differs from many specialties in that there is a professional component and a technical component that is billed, as well as coverage issues. Add onto that the fact the recent change in auditing standards and you're challenged to stay abreast and continually ensure your records are in order in the event of an audit. Has your diagnostic [...]

Recent Changes in Diagnostic Radiology Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing Standards2012-12-26T23:12:51+00:00

Recent Chart Auditing Requirements Fuel Changes to Orthopedic Surgery Revenue Cycle Management

2012-12-26T23:09:34+00:00

2013 proves to be a year of continued change and new growth opportunities for orthopedic surgery practices. Changes to the auditing standard have occurred recently to ensure accuracy and optimize orthopedic surgery revenue cycle management. And new frontiers in surgical technology include minimally invasive anterior total hip replacement. Whether anterior total hip replacement is in the strategic framework of your practice, it's important to be prepared for changes in orthopedic surgery medical coding, billing and collections, including auditing and compliance regulations. The quality of care provided by any orthopedic surgery practice is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of [...]

Recent Chart Auditing Requirements Fuel Changes to Orthopedic Surgery Revenue Cycle Management2012-12-26T23:09:34+00:00

Recent Changes in Neurosurgery Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing

2012-12-26T22:56:47+00:00

What is the first step in maintaining a successful neurosurgery practice? Staying abreast of changing chart auditing regulations that are integrally tied to your neurosurgery medical coding, billing and collections. The quality of care provided by any neurosurgery practice is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of medical records. However, changes to the auditing standard have occurred to ensure that accuracy. Has your practice fully transitioned to SSAE 16? Developed in 2011 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this new auditing standard replaces SAS 70 to keep pace with the growing acceptance of international accounting standards. [...]

Recent Changes in Neurosurgery Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing2012-12-26T22:56:47+00:00

Recent Changes in Cardiology Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing Standards

2012-12-26T21:21:03+00:00

Maintaining superior levels of quality care is what you've built your cardiology practice on. But changes in cardiology medical coding, billing and collections, specifically related to medical record auditing, have emerged that can create challenges for your practice if you haven't fully prepared. The quality of care provided by any cardiology practice is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of medical records. However, changes to the auditing standard have occurred to ensure that accuracy. Has your practice fully transitioned to SSAE 16? Developed in 2011 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this new auditing standard replaces [...]

Recent Changes in Cardiology Revenue Cycle Management Include Chart Auditing Standards2012-12-26T21:21:03+00:00

Radiology Coding Update – Dec. 2012

2012-12-18T11:25:49+00:00

CTA DOCUMENTATION "If it isn't written, it didn't happen" Those words have been repeated to medical billers and coders in training classes and seminars for over 20 years. Coding a CTA can be tricky even for the seasoned coder. Very precise information must be dictated to assist the coder in determining if the procedure was a CT or CTA. The Fall 2008 issue of "Clinical Examples in Radiology" clarified the coding and dictation issues surrounding CTA. In order to differentiate CT from CTA, dictated documentation must indicate that 3D images were acquired and interpretation for those images must be made in [...]

Radiology Coding Update – Dec. 20122012-12-18T11:25:49+00:00

ACA brings change to virtually every aspect of the Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery revenue cycle management.

2012-12-15T21:21:07+00:00

With most of the ACA kept intact by the Supreme Court's June 28, 2012 decision, providers can begin to assess and prepare for the ACA's effect on Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery revenue cycle management. The ACA invites new challenges and opportunities that will affect your Plastic Reconstructive Surgery revenue cycle management including: Increase of new patients and data: Providers are likely to see an unparalleled increase in demand once coverage for the uninsured begins in 2014. Revenue cycle management will have to keep track of and analyze a plethora of new information such as: Medicaid and private insurance, eligibility for Medicare, medical outcomes, [...]

ACA brings change to virtually every aspect of the Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery revenue cycle management.2012-12-15T21:21:07+00:00

New Reimbursement Models Impact Urology Revenue Cycle Management

2012-12-15T17:50:40+00:00

With new revenue reimbursement models forming as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Urology revenue cycle management is in a state of transition. In June 2012, the MGMA-ACMPE released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. No. 2 was: Preparing for revenue reimbursement models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice. Within the next five years, urologists will be adopting this revenue reimbursement shared-risk model (vs. fee for service) with the emergence of population health management through Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). They coordinate care and meet performance standards of [...]

New Reimbursement Models Impact Urology Revenue Cycle Management2012-12-15T17:50:40+00:00

Radiation Oncology Revenue Cycle Management Undergoes Changes from Affordable Care Act

2012-12-15T17:45:45+00:00

Rarely has there been a more defining time for radiation oncologists than right now, when the survival of Radiation Oncology practices is squarely placed on the shoulders of the most efficient Radiation Oncology revenue cycle management processes. It's survival of the fittest. "The momentum toward moving away from fee-for-service and finding more efficient ways to reimburse providers with the emphasis on linking reimbursement to quality outcomes is unlikely to falter," according to an online article in the June 11, 2012 edition of Astro. "For all these reasons, most analysts agree that delivery system changes are inevitable. The implementation of the ACA, [...]

Radiation Oncology Revenue Cycle Management Undergoes Changes from Affordable Care Act2012-12-15T17:45:45+00:00

Affordable Care Act Brings Changes to Orthopedic Surgery Revenue Cycle Management

2012-12-15T17:16:01+00:00

According to the Oct. 1, 2012 edition of Spine Review, "One of the most sweeping changes concerning the healthcare system today is accountable care organizations (ACO)," writes Laura Miller. "Hospitals, specialists, primary care physicians and insurance companies are all worried about how they will fit into this new model of care, which values quality over quantity through a pay-for-performance instead of a fee-for-service. However, some orthopedic surgeons and hospitals have decided to push forward with accountable care organizations and are finding the challenges minimal — and even seeing benefits — to participation." In this new ACO environment, the federal government, in [...]

Affordable Care Act Brings Changes to Orthopedic Surgery Revenue Cycle Management2012-12-15T17:16:01+00:00