Why We Host

Why We Host: An Interview with Lisa Lee, Senior Manager, Outreach Development for University Health System Practice Management Institute (PMI) works with clients all over the country to provide training opportunities for medical offices regionally. In 2016, University Health System (UHS) in San Antonio, Texas, hosted 11 classroom sessions that brought professionals from medical offices all…

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6 Best Practices for Appealing Denied Claims

Attention to detail when filing claims is the best defense when trying to curb denials. Even when everything is submitted correctly, there are a myriad of reasons that claims get denied. Codes may be out of date or lacking specificity. Modifiers may not be applied correctly. The patient may be ineligible for coverage or may…

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Advance Care Planning Codes: Will providers participate?

Advance Care Planning Codes: Will providers participate? Pam Joslin, MM, CMC, CMIS, CMOM According to a report entitled “Dying in America” from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), advance care planning is essential to improving the quality of end-of-life care. It also notes how traditional approaches to ACP—such as living wills (LWs) or powers of attorney…

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Coding Guidelines and Preparation for Zika Virus

Zika first hit the Americas in March of 2015, from tourists who traveled to Brazil to watch the World Cup. According to the CDC, as of August 31, 2016, there have been 2,722 cases of Zika in the U.S., 35 of those cases were contracted within the country.  All 35 cases were contracted in Florida….

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Cyber-Attacks Can Lead to Possible HIPAA Violations

Providers are facing an alarming issue more recently, and it applies directly to HIPAA laws. Hackers are using cyber-attacks demanding ransom for personal health information. The value of health information is high; it’s not just a matter of if a data breach will happen, but rather when. This kind of attack can hit a medical…

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