New reports and chiropractors are describing an increase in patients with medical problems due to text messaging. The lowering of your head and constant staring at a smartphone seems to be leading many, a leading number being young people, into back and neck problems. "According to a recent survey reported on by The Blaze, the average American sends 41.5 text messages per day, although the 18-24 age group sends a whopping 109.5 texts per day..." [ Read the story here ]
If you are in need of a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), the Medicare open enrollment running until December 7th is here to help you. 2016 is set to see some of the best prices on top tier quality medical care and prescription drug coverage for Medicare patients. "Consumers should view Open Enrollments as the ultimate in consumer empowerment. As Medicare consumers shop for what's right for them, that causes benefits, quality and premiums to continue to improve..." said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. [ Read the story here ]
With tens of thousands of new billing codes with the newly implemented ICD-10 coding system has been rolling out smoothly according to insurers. "Humana (HUM) said calls in the first week into the insurer that were specific to ICD-10 amounted to “only 0.03 % of all calls from providers regarding benefits, claim status, spanning date of service, and authorization...." [ Read the story here ]
The implementation of ICD-10's 140,000 new codes seems to be overwhelming for some. With mistakes in the coding submissions to CMS, it is not a surprise that some patients have been overcharged and sometimes drastically raising medical bills. "This year, the University of Illinois at Chicago overlooked 24,000 clinical ER encounters and found that one-fourth of them were incorrectly coded due to flawed CMS recommendations..." [ Read the story here]
Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has welcomed the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10). With the much delayed implementation of ICD-10 finally upon us, CMS is ensuring it is ready for the new codes to begin flowing! CMS is gathering data and will know more about how the transition is effecting providers and patients in the coming days. "The change to ICD-10 allows you to capture more details about the health status of your patients and sets the stage for improved patient care and public health surveillance across our country..." [ Read the story here ]
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With the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 occurring tomorrow, we prepare for major changes to the industry, and look at the impacts that will be felt to both patients and physicians. "ICD-10 is a massively more complex system with much greater diagnostic detail, including laterality (left vs. right). The number of diagnostic codes in ICD-9 jumps from about 14,600 to almost 70,000 in ICD-10..." [ Read the story here ] Do you need help navigating the massive changes? Noble House can make medical billing a breeze, try our free demo of Noble*Direct today.
With the upcoming ICD-10 switch from ICD-9, some have worried that a potential government shutdown in the United States would once again still our upgrade to the ICD-10 coding system. Thursday, CMS officials announced that the ICD-10 switch would continue regardless of a potential government shutdown. CMS's Patrick Conway stated, "In the event of a shutdown, we will continue -- and I want to be clear on this -- to pay claims, to implement the ICD-10 transition." [Read the story here ]
A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) account that Centers for Medicare & Medicaide Services (CMS) has made great strides towards enabling a smooth transition to ICD-10. It is yet to be known if there will be issues arising in the upcoming ICD-10 switch from ICD-9. "The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has made strides to minimize and fix system errors during the transition to ICD-10, however, the extent to which errors will affect the agency's ability to process claims can't be determined until CMS's systems begin utilizing ICD-10 codes." [ Read the full story ]