Month: February 2012

HHS Press Release: HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

February 16, 2012 On February 16, 2012, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that HHS intends to delay the compliance date for ICD-10. Currently, the compliance deadline stands at October 1, 2013 (which is already a two-year delay from the original date outlined in the January 2009 final rule). …

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Medical Billing Basics: How to Code E/M Visits in the Hospital & Office Setting

February 4, 2012 Worried about under-coding or over-coding your patients’ Evaluation & Management (E/M) services? Not sure of whether to bill for a level 3, 4, or 5 exam? Many physicians experience confusion when deciphering what level of care is appropriate to bill. On one hand, under-coding can result in a decrease in reimbursement that …

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Incentive Payments for Maryland Physicians that Practice in Underserved Areas

February 2, 2012 The state of Maryland is considering a proposal for the creation of “health enterprise zones.” These “health enterprise zones” would consist of rural and urban regions in Maryland in which the population has notably underserved medical needs; primary care physicians and healthcare providers who practice in these regions would then be eligible …

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