The Affordable Care Act & Qui Tam W...

by Jay Brownstein and Kevin Little Controlling healthcare costs is essential to the economic security of the United States. Total healthcare spending in the U.S., already an astronomical $3 trillion dollars in 2013, is expected to grow almost 6% annually through 2022.1  Spiraling healthcare costs is an obvious problem on many levels, including the fact that, through Medicare, the...

ICD-9 coding for Pain Control

by Steve Adams Effective October 1, 2006, ICD-9-CM category 338 was created for pain. With the creation of the new codes in this section, guidelines related to these codes were also added to the ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting – effective November 15, 2006 A review of these guidelines (section I. C. 6) is important for correct code assignment. Several...

Sounds Crazy but… Distributing Free Pres...

by Bob Healy Consumers, Medical Practices, Health Systems and Pharmacies Can Benefit Think about it. When was the last time that you went to a doctor or hospital and they gave you something for free? What would you think if they provided you with an opportunity to reduce your healthcare costs? Chances are you’d have a pretty positive feeling about them. Medical practices and health...