Financial Ramifications for Physician Pr...

by Kevin S. Little, JD Absent from the noisy political rhetoric for and against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA),[1]popularly known as “Obamacare,” is analysis of the potential financial impact of the ACA’s significantly high deductibles upon physician practices.  In a third-party payer system where consumers are inclined to think that if covered by insurance...

Still Getting Ready for ICD-10-CM

by Steve Adams, MCS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I The go live date with the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition Procedure Coding and Clinical Modification (ICD-10CM) in offices, hospitals, and medical centers across America is October 1, 2014 Even though almost every other country in the world has been using the latest version of the International Statistical Classification of...

How Deep is Your War Chest?

by James Dunnick MD FACC, CPC,CHCQM Everyone is aware of the affordable care act popularly called Obama care. The health care industry is well aware of ICD 10 and its implementation date of 10/01/14. Most hospitals are in some stage of readiness, most determining now that they are not quite as prepared as they had hoped. The problems are at several levels. First, teaching ICD 10 to...