TEN TIPS ON MEANINGFUL USE STAGE 2 FINAL...

By Margie Satinsky, MA, MBA BACKGROUND: Meaningful Use is already part of the everyday vernacular of most medical practices. Enacted as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the program allows Eligible Providers (EPs) who purchase a certified EHR system and use it to collect and use information in a certain way to apply for either a Medicare or Medicaid...

Transitional Care Management

by Steve Adams, CPC CMS has approved the reimbursement for transitional care management (TCM) services – codes 99495 and 99496. In simple language – CMS is trying to reduce hospital readmissions and ensure better outcomes for patients being discharged from an inpatient setting to an outpatient setting. They think they can do this if patients are contacted by telephone by a...