This week’s Medicare updates include three new additions to the OIG Work Plan, a new webpage on billing and coding for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment, a transmittal on the implementation of two new NUBC condition codes, and more!
Q: The 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule requires providers to transmit all records to Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) electronically. How can organizations make sure that they are in compliance if they’re not already?
Bruce L. Boros, MD, PA, DBA Advanced Urgent Care, a healthcare provider in Key West, Florida, on November 6 reported a security breach that affected 58,823 individuals, according the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) breach report.
Q: If we end a contract with a business associate (BA), does the BA need to provide us with assurance that all protected health information (PHI) has been destroyed? Is this something that should be written into the initial contract? What are the steps to take if the BA does not respond to requests to confirm deletion of PHI?
Q: Our coding team is having trouble understanding the different types of chronic respiratory failure (CRF) and knowing when to suspect its presence when it’s not specifically documented by our physicians. Can you please help us with this?
The governor of a state that is considered to be an epicenter for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) makes a national appeal to physicians and nurses to assist his state during the pandemic. His state has almost 70,000 cases, and half of these cases are in one major city.