Severe disasters, such as we experienced with Hurricane Harvey, impose challenges on health care providers. Questions arose about the ability of healthcare providers and other entities covered by HIPAA privacy rules to share information with family, friends, public health officials and other emergency personnel.
The audits that are taking place at present are small in number, and are being used to determine common deficiencies in physician’s practices. Rest assured, this will only serve to identify where the common weak links are in order to better determine where to invest efforts in the future. These limited audits are being used to identify risks and vulnerabilities that the government is not aware of nor likely to learn about from the complaints being filed.
Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.
Many chiropractors have gotten letters from their local MAC (Medicare Administrative Contractors) telling them that it is time to revalidate their Medicare provider status. Please take this letter seriously and do not delay in your response. Failure to respond has caused a sizable number of chiropractors to lose their provider status (either par or non-par) and therefore lose their ability to bill for Medicare patients.
Survey ten chiropractors about how to properly complete an ABN, and you will likely get 11 answers. The amount of misinformation regarding the use of the Advance Beneficiary Notice in chiropractic is astounding! Is it that it’s too simple to use it the right way? Once your patient has moved from therapeutic care to wellness care, a single ABN should be signed by the patient.
Medicare Mastery: Minimize Risk and Maximize Confidence
When asked what’s the biggest thorn in the side of DCs, without question the most popular answer is Medicare…from every angle. They report that they don’t feel confident about what exactly needs to be done to stay on the right side of Medicare rules. It’s Medicare-Palooza to the rescue!
Scammers are at it again, and they’re using the OIG Hotline number to freak you out. The scamming callers represent themselves as employees of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and their caller ID is made to appear as if the call is coming from the OIG Hotline (1-800-HHS-TIPS).
Guidelines for the treatment of patients with low back pain
The second largest physician group in the United States, the American College of Physicians (ACP), recently published guidelines for the treatment of patients with low back pain.
ACP's guidelines, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, make a progression of recommendations, detailing an array of treatments that doctors should consider during a patient's particuar phase of treatment.
The risks to both patients and health care providers when internal body tissue is exposed to the powder include severe airway inflammation and hypersensitivity reactions.
Chiropractors continue to make the same mistakes after a decade. For a decade, the government has been creating reports on how poorly chiropractor do when it comes to properly treating and documenting care for federally insured patients. A big part of the problem is the disconnect between the chiropractic way of managing healthcare and the allopathic way to manage healthcare. This disconnect includes misunderstandings about definitions of care, medical necessity, and most often a mistake about...
Daily, 10,000 baby boomers enter the Medicare program. So, Medicare is increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it harder for physicians to practice good care.
Can you believe it has nearly been a year since our whole world shifted with the implementation of ICD-10 last October 1st? That means we are nearly through with our 1-year of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) being willing to ‘grade our use of ICD-10 codes on a curve.’
HIPAA compliance can help decrease your risk of ransomware attacks to your chiropractic practice. The FBI has reported an increase in ransomware attacks in healthcare facilities, and that means chiropractic practices, too. In response to this dramatically increased practice risk, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued new guidance for covered entities regarding ransomware attacks.
In our effort to continuously improve our KMC University member services we have expanded our CEU offerings through a strategic partnership with ChiroCredit.com – the premier website to obtain Chiropractic Continuing Education for re-licensure.
Spurred by ACA president Anthony Hamm, the Chiropractic Summit Group has taken bold steps for DCs to receive full physician status by proposing the replacement of "subluxation language" in Medicare with different language in a new proposed law.
Some chiropractors still use 17 X 36 (Gonstead) films, which allow the doctor to view the full spine in a single X-ray. It’s important to know that the code for this kind of X-ray has been changed, affecting the deleted codes 72010, 72069, and 72090. In addition, there was a revision to code 72080. These changes became effective January 1, 2016.
Video: Improving the Documentation of Chiropractic Services Is Published by CMS
January 1, 2016 begins the first phase of the educational and training programs to be released by CMS, as required training was a part of the MACRA legislation. The Provider Compliance Group (PCG) at the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) developed an educational tool in the form of a public video, titled "Improving the Documentation of Chiropractic Services."
This year kicked off with a big win for chiropractic in Ohio, where the state's Opiate Task Force worked toward and succeeded in listing chiropractic manipulation among recommended non-drug treatments for low back pain. The task force built upon a recently published study by the CCGPP that included a review of articles published between 2009 and 2014, panelists who had served on previous projects, and a team of DCs representing a broad sampling of jurisdictions and practice experience. Public...
Parker Seminars honored KMC University CEO and founder Kathy Mills Chang as its Person of the Year during Parker Las Vegas.
The annual Las Vegas event is where Parker Seminars presents its prestigious Chiropractor, Chiropractic Assistant, and Student of the Year Awards. The chiropractic professionals are honored for the contributions to the advancement of the chiropractic profession and for having a tremendous positive impact on chiropractic wellness and patients worldwide.
You already know chiropractic manages pain and costs less than traditional medical treatments. Now, a new study from Switzerland has come along to prove it.
The study, which took a look at people who supported spinal, shoulder, or hip pain, focused almost evenly on medical and chiropractic treatment. 403 participating patients saw a medical doctor for relief; 316 people saw a chiropractor. Four months after treatment, the patients were asked to fill out a survey reporting on their recovery: