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Archive for March, 2012

Preventive Services Coding and Billing Guidance 2012 Updates

Added 03.22.12

Do you have the most up-to-date information for coding and billing preventive services to Medicare? Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, numerous changes have been made to covered benefits for Medicare beneficiaries. Go to this link from the AAPC website to download the latest changes: more...

Illinois Surgery Center Fined for Nurses’ Use of C-Arm

Added 03.22.12

Facility shakes up scheduling and staffing to prevent future violations. A Chicago surgery center was fined $2,000 for letting unlicensed operating room nurses operate C-arms. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency imposed the civil penalties against Rush SurgiCenter, which also included $500 fines for the 2 OR nurses who activated a C-arm at a physician's direction. According to Illinois law, only professionals licensed under the state's Medical Practice Act, such as chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, veterinarians or certified radiologic technologists, are permitted to operate radiologic equipment. Read the rest of this article from Outpatient Surgery Magazine at: more...

You Might Be An OR Nurse If…

Added 03.20.12

1) You're certain that the surgeon you worked with today uses his personality as birth control. 2) You really think the best photograph of yourself lately is the one on your ID badge. 3) Your cabinet at home has more of those blue containers left over from sterile packs than it has dishes. (One has even replaced your butter container.) 4) When you're bathing or showering, you start from the center and wash out, like you do on a prep. If you didn't read this article from Paula Watkins, RN, CNOR, from Outpatient Suregry Magazine's July 2005 issue, you missed... more...

ASCA Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Colorectal Screening

Added 03.20.12

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) announced today their support for the recently introduced bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4120), sponsored by U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15). The legislation would correct an oversight in current law that requires Medicare beneficiaries to cover the cost of their co-payment for a... more...

New Jersey Proposes to Limit How Much Physicians, ASCs Charge for Outpatient Care

Added 03.20.12

A New Jersey proposal would instate approximately 1,000 price codes controlling how much physicians, surgery centers and hospitals can charge for outpatient treatments for auto accidents, while abolishing another 117 price controls due to physician backlash, according to an NJ.com report. To find the link to the original NJ.com article and read the rest of this article from Becker's ASC Review go to: more...

33 Small Steps Worth Sweating

Added 03.20.12

From scheduling to discharge, tips to protect patients every step of the way. This checklist might alert you to small safety details you're overlooking or serve as a reminder of basic safety precautions you've forgotten. It might even confirm you're providing excellent care in a safety-conscious environment. Either way, take the opportunity to ensure you're doing all you can from the moment cases are scheduled to the time discharge criteria are met to prevent errors and ensure patient safety. Read this article from OutpatientSurgery.net at: more...

ZirMed Launches www.StartStopICD10.com

Added 03.08.12

New online web site and petitions seek to gather industry feedback on ICD-10 transition timeline ZirMed has announced the launch of www.StartStopICD10.com in response to the February 14th announcement by the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of a re-examination of the ICD-10 timeline. Recently, healthcare providers have raised concerns regarding CMS' requirement that all healthcare providers transition from the ICD-9 code sets to the ICD-10 code sets by October 2013. Concerns expressed by the American Medical Association and others range from the cost of transition to technological and training requirements. At the same time, other providers have indicated that any slowdown in the transition will essentially render useless the investments they have already made in preparing for ICD-10. Read the rest... more...

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule on Self Disclosure of Overpayments

Added 03.08.12

On February 16, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule to establish regulations regarding the reporting and returning of overpayments to the Medicare program (77 Fed. Reg. 9,179 (Feb. 16, 2012)). The proposed regulations at 42 C.F.R. Part 401, subpart D would implement... more...