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EDITOR’S NOTE: Every holiday season since 2015, Dr. Ronald Hirsch has recognized healthcare professionals who, in his judgment, have rendered outstanding service to the industry. In a time-honored tradition, he announces his honorees on the Monitor Mondays weekly Internet radio broadcast. This year, during the most recent broadcast, Dr. Hirsch…
Legal arguments serving as the foundation of the filing are of questionable merit. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new rule issued in the Nov. 27 Federal Register. You can find the regulations at 84 Fed. Reg. 65,524. The rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2021, will require…
EDITOR’S NOTE: While presenting at the recent New England Healthcare Internal Auditors (NEHIA) annual conference in Connecticut, Knicole Emanuel encountered the recurring audit topic of positive airway device supplies or PAPs. The following is her report. Back in 2014 and 2015, then again in 2018, PAPs were the main area…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Not everyone will be home for the holidays this season. Healthcare doesn’t ever take a holiday. Emergency departments across the country will be prepared to admit patients on Christmas Eve right on through the New Year. Holiday work schedules have been in place for some time now, and…
EDITOR’S NOTE: Not everyone will be home for the holidays this season. Healthcare doesn’t ever take a holiday. Emergency departments across the country will be prepared to admit patients on Christmas Eve right on through the New Year. Holiday work schedules have been in place for some time now, and…
Updating electronic medical records (EMRs) will allow for electronic signing and dating. New Medicare regulations became effective Jan. 1, 2020. Per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) news release: “To reduce burden, we are finalizing broad modifications to the documentation policy so that physicians, physician assistants, and advanced…
OPPS rule could result in higher revenue. Whenever a rule changes, expect Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) and/or targeted probe-and-educate (TPE) audits to hone in on the topic associated with the altered rule – and expect auditors to forget when the rule actually changed. Physician supervision has been a hot topic…
The report is clear about accountability for action by providers. I’ve been focused on the social determinants of health (SDoH) for all of my almost 40-year career in the healthcare industry, intervening across every domain and population, with traditional faces and also those new to the fold. As an industry…