How many of us have a successful mentoring program established in our organization and department? For most organizations, I would venture to say mentoring is performed on a piecemeal basis and is likely not as effective as it could be. Far too often, mentoring efforts are disorganized and lack a dedicated trainer. If any training is given, it often consists of the same general orientation afforded to all new employees, regardless of the job they will be doing.
Q: We are confused on the reporting of HCPCS code C9399 (unclassified drugs or biologicals) for new diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals and contrast agents that are approved by the FDA but don’t yet have a HCPCS code. CMS guidance states that this HCPCS code should be used until a specific HCPCS code for the item has been assigned, but we have one that is going on two years and there is not a new HCPCS code assigned yet. When we ask about it, the answers have varied.
This week’s Medicare updates include an OIG report regarding hospital noncompliance with Medicare Requirements for billing outpatient right heart catheterizations with heart biopsies; a new educational initiative to raise awareness of chronic care management; quarterly updates to the ESRD PRICER; and more!