In this month's Product Watch, we look at a game-changing texting app. With the available technology, covered entities and business associates would be hard-pressed to justify sending PHI using unsecure texts.
Upon reviewing 2017 claims data for laboratory tests paid for under Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS), the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that most payments were for 25 tests. Payment totals for lab tests have remained consistent over the past four years but may be subject to change under a new payment system.
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced yesterday that it has reached separate settlements with three facilities for compromising the privacy of patient protected health information during the filming of “Boston Med,” an ABC television documentary series.
Q: Our team is having a hard time determining a principal diagnosis for a patient with a history of stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) who is receiving chronic hemodialysis and is in acute renal failure (ARF) with volume overload. What ICD-10-CM code should be listed as the principal diagnosis?
This week’s Medicare updates include CMS’ support for Hurricane Florence preparation, ICD-10 and other coding revisions to national coverage determinations, quarterly HCPCS drug/biological code changes, and more!