Hospitals got a last-minute reprieve from the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) notification requirement, which was set to go into effect August 6. Citing the need for additional time to revise the standardized notification form that hospitals will need to use to notify patients about the financial implications of being assigned to observation services, CMS moved back the start date for the requirement in the 2017 IPPS final rule to 'no later than 90 days,' after the final version of the form is approved (www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/AcuteInpatientPPS/...).
If your hospital resides in one of the 67 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) required to participate in the Comprehensive Joint Replacement Model (CJR), you will also be required to participate in a new orthopedic payment model called 'SHFFT' (surgical hip and femur fracture treatment) if an August 2 proposed rule is finalized. The impact? The following assigned MS-DRGs will no longer define hospital reimbursement:
Major Joint Replacement or Reattachment of Lower Extremity (MS-DRGs 469, 470)
Hip and Femur Procedures Except Major Joint (MS-DRGs 480, 481, 482)
All coders know that working with physicians is not always a positive experience.
It can be tough providing them education or getting responses from queries. Conversely, providers are busy and typically do not like anything to do with coding. When they hear coding they often take that to mean more work on their part.I have been working with providers for many years and the one thing coders always ask me is, 'What is your secret for getting along so well with doctors and engaging them to change behavior?'
My original career choice in high school was to pursue a degree in medicine. It was my father, a high school librarian, who discovered an undergraduate degree option of medical record administration as opposed to the typical pre-med route of biology. I had no knowledge of what this program would truly entail other than a combination of medicine, business, and legal coursework. What did it matter since my ultimate goal was to become a physician?
The Health Information Management Reimagined (HIMR) taskforce is charged with envisioning for the HIM profession in 10 years. The HIMR vision was created to ensure current and future professionals are prepared for the future of HIM in the rapidly changing environment resulting from changes in healthcare, technology, and education. Under the direction of the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE), the taskforce comprises educators from all academic levels (associate, baccalaureate, and graduate) as well as HIM practitioners. The CEE oversight body comprises educators and practitioners who hold a variety of HIM credentials including Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), and other specialty credentials.