This week’s Medicare updates include an advisory opinion on using network hospitals for inpatient stays; annual updates to HCPCS codes used for home health consolidated billing and the therapy code list; the removal of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (topical application of oxygen) from an NCD; and more!
Catastrophic hurricanes, mass shootings, and devastating wildfires—this autumn brought disasters that affected many regions of the country, which should have prompted organizations to consider how well equipped they are to handle such events.
A CMS representative solicited input from audience members on potential revisions to E/M documentation guidelines at the AMA’s 2018 CPT Symposium in Chicago this week, continuing the agency’s outreach on E/M reform that began with this year’s Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
Q: It is my understanding that we can make PHI disclosures using our EHR for payment/treatment/healthcare operations without a consent and that we do not need to track these requests for an accounting of disclosures. Has this changed?