Health Information Management

Claims Adjudication and Payer Rules under ICD-10

Rayellen Kishbach's picture

Because we process thousands of LCDs updates weekly for our Coding Suite, we often get some insights that we can share. With the implementation of ICD-10, a significant drop off in the number of local coverage determinations (LCDs) and coverage articles published by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) has occurred. (See table in the white paper link below). While this may be partly due to MAC consolidation, it has left providers with less guidance than before about the proper coding and billing of covered services.

Keeping up with MS-DRG Revisions

Rayellen Kishbach's picture

CMS has issued two errata and correction notices for how MS-DRG logic functions in FY2017. These changes may impact payment. This article highlights a few examples.

It is important to note that CMS published v34 r2 in time for implementation on 10/1/2016, but the v34 r3 was released after claims for FY2017 had begun, so improper payments may have occurred.

Understanding non-covered codes – help for denials management and pre-payment review edits

Rayellen Kishbach's picture

Wouldn't it be great if there was just ONE LIST of procedure codes published somewhere by Medicare to identify non-covered services? Unfortunately, there isn’t one, but a quick review of the information that is provided by Medicare can get you there.

Supporting Compliance in the New World of Remote and Outsourced Coding & Billing.

Rayellen Kishbach's picture

According to a recent HIM Benchmark Report, HIM department managers equally ranked Coder Productivity, Quality, and Managing Financial Metrics as their biggest challenges, while that same report noted that close to 60% of HIM professionals outsource a portion of their coding needs. Even without direct outsourcing, we notice an increase in the opportunity to do coding and billing work remotely.

Understanding MS-DRG Grouping under ICD-10

Rayellen Kishbach's picture

Now that ICD-10 is in full swing, we are seeing a lot of activity with providers, payers, consultants and regulators who need to understand how Acute Inpatient and Long Term Care Hospital claims "behave" when the claim is coded in ICD-10. This includes both prospective and retrospective review of claims scenarios to understand MS-DRG grouping. This article offers a basic primer on MS-DRG grouping logic, and research techniques for using related MediRegs Coding Suite tools.

OCR Releases a New Version of Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

Darci Friedman's picture

The Office of Civil Rights recently released Version 2.0 of its' Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information ("Guide"). This new version of the Guide provides updated information about compliance with the Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs' privacy and security requirements as well as the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. You can access the updated document on your MediRegs product, with the OCR data in the HIPAA Library.

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