hipaa and food banks
By Joan M. Kiel, PhD, CHPS The health information management profession continues to expand its boundaries and be a true asset to society. During the pandemic, for instance, health information (HI) professionals can function as an ally to social service agencies. They can assist one of the most critical elements...
licensed independent freestanding ed
On 04/21/2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided the needed flexibility to hospitals to ensure they have the ability to expand capacity and to treat patients during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Independent freestanding EDs, which have no hospital affiliation and are specifically licensed by...
Medicare Payment Bump for Rehab
  April 08, 2021 - CMS has released the proposed rules for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System and the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System for fiscal year (FY) 2022. Issued yesterday, the proposed FY 2022 IRF Prospective Payment System rule would increase Medicare payments by 1.8 percent, or...
COVID-19 billing and coding
CMS updated it's novel coronavirus (COVID-19) billing and coding FAQs on April 9 to mirror recent rules, new waivers, and emergency regulations. The new and updated FAQs address payment for specimen collection, diagnostic laboratory services, and health facility services which include brief enlargement web sites. Independent laboratories will be paid...
COVID-19 is 3rd leading cause of death
Updated death projections suggest COVID-19 is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind cancer and heart disease, according to an analysis from STAT. STAT first compared COVID-19 death projections to past pandemics and leading causes of death in early...
The estimated reading time is less than a minute. AHIMA has launched an on-demand webinar designed to help outpatient coders get up to speed on inpatient COVID-19 coding. “Inpatient COVID-19 Coding and CDI Training: Cross-train your outpatient coder” will be presented by Maria...
COVID-19 Vaccine Admin Fee
New payment rates are effective immediately. The Medicare payment amount for administering the COVID-19 vaccine is increased, effective March 15, 2021. The national average for physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, and other immunizers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine is now approximately $12 more for the administration of single-dose vaccines and $35 more for...
licensed independent freestanding
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing needed flexibility to hospitals to ensure they have the ability to expand capacity and to treat patients during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). As part of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers (https://www.cms.gov/files/document/summary-covid-19-emergency-declaration-waivers.pdf), CMS...
CMS Resumes All Hospital Surveys As COVID-19 Cases Lessen
April 07, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the immediate resumption of all hospital survey activities, including those related to Medicare compliance and patient safety. This comes after the agency hit pause on the surveys while hospitals worked to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. On January 20, CMS issued...
After some short deliberation in Congress, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27. At TaxAct, we have spent countless hours reading the law, viewing informative webinars, digging through analysis, and making direct contact with the IRS. While there will...