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The ICD-10 Grace Period Up Close
The ICD-10 grace period says that for one year starting Oct. 1, 2015, Medicare will not deny claims solely on the specificity of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes as long as you use a valid code from the right family of codes. Let’s parse this statement.
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HIPAA: Are You Prepared for a Patient Complaint?
Most practices assume they have HIPAA covered, but when an actual incident occurs, they find out too late that staff are not prepared or the practice is missing important compliance documentation.
TMB: More Must-Haves for Medical Records
The Texas Medical Board updated its medical records rule to reflect today’s use of electronic health records and forms of communication. These changes took effect May 20, 2015.
Mandatory Medicaid Reenrollment Is Underway
There's no point in procrastinating: If you enrolled in Texas Medicaid before Jan. 1, 2013, you need to complete a reenrollment by March 24, 2016, to stay in the program.
New Medicare Quality Reports Give Physicians Critical Feedback, But Make It Difficult to Interpret
The new quality feedback reports Medicare released last fall finally give all physicians actionable data to gauge their performance in the various federal quality reporting mandates and to measure the impact of the programs on their practices in a fast-approaching value-based care system. But doctors say they should come with a warning label: "Technical Assistance Required."
How Long Do I Have to Keep Patient Medical Records?
Seven is the important number to remember in the Texas Medical Board rules for retention of medical records.
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Delegating and Supervising Prescribing for APRNs/PAs
New state law governing the delegation and supervision of prescribing privileges for advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants went into effect Nov. 1. Download a sample agreement.
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