The start of the new year typically ushers in a multitude of code changes. But for 2010, there is an important change in Medicare’s payment of E/M codes many hospitals may have overlooked.
CMS finalized its proposal to stop paying for consultation codes (99251–99255 and 99241–99245), according to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule, published in the November 25 Federal Register.
On August 19, 2009, HHS released its interim final rule on breach notification of unsecure protected health information (PHI) and the acceptable methods for covered entities (CE) and business associates (BA) to encrypt and destroy patient records to prevent breaches.
You receive a letter in the mail requesting copies of medical records for an audit. It looks much like the one you received the day before, but the return address is different. And they both look quite similar to the other request for documentation you received last week.