Finally-Here-Blog-09-25-2015

It’s Finally Here!

It’s Finally Here! It seems like forever ago… It seems like forever ago we began talking about this thing called ICD-10. Delay after delay, extension after extension and here we are. Thursday is the day the American healthcare industry has long been anticipating. ICD-10 is finally here! Boil it all down Boil it all down, […]

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Behind-the-Scenes-Blog-08-14-2015

ICD-10 Behind the Scenes

ICD-10 Behind the Scenes The stuff you don’t see… In previous blog posts we talked a lot about the new ICD-10 diagnosis code conversation set to take place on October 1st, primarily focusing on the things we see- namely documentation and the interpretation of the Patient Care Report documentation in the billing office that turns […]

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117-Days-and-Counting-Blog-06-05-2015

ICD-10- How will it change EMS Documentation?

ICD-10- How will it change EMS Documentation? 117 Days and Counting! Change is coming. Today is exactly 117 days away from the October 1st implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes. ICD stands for the International Classification of Diseases. Today, our industry uses Version 9 of the code set to report conditions when we submit claims for […]

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In-The-Crosshairs-Blog-06-13-2104

More Medicare Claim Processing Insight- Transporting ESRD Patients for Dialysis

More Medicare Claim Processing Insight- Transporting ESRD Patients for Dialysis Second Week in a Row… Last week we filled this space with information from the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) handling Part B claims in Ohio and Kentucky regarding their Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) findings. We provided you with a view of how the CERT […]

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Desk-Calendar-October-1-2015

12 More Months/ICD-10 Delayed?

12 More Months/ICD-10 Delayed? Good News! Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a stop-gap measure to once again extend the ambulance bonus payments for another year. That’s really good news! Better News… But even better news was another part of the same bill passage. That part sets up a delay in the implementation of […]

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A “Fractured” Tale

A “Fractured” Tale That time of year… The weather alerts started hitting the phone early this morning. Starting overnight, those of us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be anticipating a blanket of 4-6 inches of snow come tomorrow. Depending on where you are located as your reading this post, you may or may not be […]

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What’s the Question?

What’s the Question? “9-1-1, Do you have an emergency?” A large majority of the ambulance scenarios we handle start with that very question. But what about the questions you, as the provider on the scene, are asking? Do you ask the probing questions that it takes to properly assess, treat and ultimately document your EMS […]

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Discovering the Weakness about “Weakness”

Discovering the Weakness about “Weakness” Common Scenario If we earned a dollar for every “weakness” response we’ve handled over the years, collectively we could more than adequately fund every EMS system in the United States with the newest trucks, latest equipment and all providers would be driving some expensive European luxury car. But, now that […]

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