The countdown to the implementation of ICD-10 medical coding is ticking away. As of October 1, 2015, all diagnosis reported or discharged as of that date will required to be coded utilizing the new coding guidelines. While some providers and other medical professionals have hoped for an extension to this deadline, that does not appear to be likely according to HHS. If you haven’t already begun, it’s time to start preparing for the changes. Continue reading
Medical Coding History – The Past, Present and Future
The topic of health care is quite hot these days. Everywhere people are talking about the changes that are happening in the Health Care Industry and how much it has affected their lives. One of the most talked about aspects is how medical billing has changed so dramatically over the years. Medical billing, when done correctly is fine, however, when done incorrectly, the mistakes can take years to clear up. Continue reading
Medical Coding Companies: The Affects of Obamacare
Everyone has been buzzing over the Affordable Care Act, dubbed “Obamacare”, since its inception. Insurers, the insured and politicians alike have all speculated how this healthcare reform will affect them, the economy, doctors and health care in general. But an entity we’ve heard little from are the medical coding companies. How are all these changes going to affect the way we run our companies? Continue reading
An Introduction to Patient Portals in Healthcare
By Saleha Vhora, RHIA
In today’s time, we all want to be connected – connected to the important people and information that have an impact in our lives. As a result, more and more patients want to play an active role in their health care. Continue reading
Defining HIE (Health Information Exchange) – Why is it beneficial?
Not so long ago, before the health information exchange, sitting in a waiting room at a doctors’ office there would be patients nervously clutching huge files of paperwork ready to show the doctor. This was their life in terms of health care and it was up to the doctor to decipher the seemingly endless array of medications taken or surgeries performed. Continue reading
RAC Fraud or just lack of training?
In 2003, Congress created the Recovery Audit (RAC) program to help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) find and recover improper payments made by providers of Medicare and Medicaid. It took years, but it was finally implemented nationwide in 2009. Since then, the Recovery Audit program has been under some scrutiny, some calling it a witch hunt and others actually calling it RAC Fraud.
Medical Record Coding Audit Services in Chicago
When you need reliable, medical record coding audit services in Chicago, turn to Chicago-based Professional Dynamic Network to assist with standardized audits, compliance for government Medicaid and Medicare audits, RAC audits, internal auditing or for assistance with correct ICD-10 coding implementation and auditing protocols. Continue reading
PDN Complies with Electronic Health Records Regulations
Following EHR privacy and security electronic health records regulations or HIPAA compliance can be a daunting task for medical organizations, hospitals, clinics or even for private practices.
ICD Medical Coding – An Introduction
ICD medical coding services has been the standard for efficient medical billing, medical information exchanges, and medical statistical collaboration in the field of health and medicine.
An acronym for International Classification of Diseases, ICD is a type of comprehensive medical classification that is officially published by the World Health Organization. It traces its roots back to as early as the 1990s wherein the first official version of ICD – erstwhile known as The International List of Causes of Death – was released. To date, ICD has achieved its tenth revision and is now commonly known as ICD-10. Continue reading
What Is a Medical Records Coding Technician?
A medical records coding technician is a fully credentialed coder that performs general medical records coding securely while complying with HIPAA regulations and ISO-9000 standards. Our medical coding specialists at Professional Dynamic Network is an individual with the appropriate, verified credentials with the work experience to be a higher-level medical coder or medical biller that uses ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes for records and billing. Continue reading