Opioid Use Disorder

Based on the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Mortality in the US 2016, an estimated 11.4 million people misused prescription opioids, 2.1 million developed opioid use disorders with 47,600 resulting in death from opioid overdose. This is over 30,000 more opioid overdoses than the 15,482 deaths related to heroin overdose. As such, […]

Opioid Distribution

Combating the opioid crisis doesn’t stop at treatment and monitoring use as discussed in LHA’s post on Opioid Use Disorder, but continues with controlling the availability of the drug. According to the CDC, of the 11.4 million people who misused the drug, 53% obtained opioids from a friend or family member, 37.5% received them from […]

New Medical Codes

Question: CMS came out with two new G codes this year: G2010 and G2012. How do we use the new codes and what documentation is required? Answer: G2010-Remote Evaluation of recorded video and/or images submitted by an established patient, including interpretation with follow-up with the patient within 24 business hours. The request must not originate […]

MIPS Proposed Changes 2019

Over 90 percent of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). In order to succeed in future years, providers must optimize their practices workflows in order to report data appropriately and efficiently. Some areas of focus to consider are: • Templates for […]

Let’s Talk EHRs

The implementation of an EHR into any healthcare organization is a complex process that requires proper preparation with dedicated attention to modifications in workflow. If adequate time is devoted to making this change then the system can be leveraged to enhance the quality of care given to each patient. Often organizations rely on the vendor’s […]

How the proposed rule will support alternative care models

In the 2019 Proposed Rule, CMS expands coverage of telehealth-based services including remote patient monitoring programs. They plan to expand coverage by reimbursing virtual check-in services, reimbursing remote evaluation of recorded images and videos submitted by patients, and enhancing the reimbursement opportunities for prolonged preventive services. By reimbursing virtual check-in services, providers will be compensated […]

HFMA Conference Recap

On February 26, 2019 HFMA held a conference titled “Beyond Hospital Walls”. The conference focused on continuum of care delivered outside of the hospital and was attended by a vast mix of healthcare professionals creating a vibrant learning experience. The speakers included leaders from the University of Maryland Medical System, Western Maryland Health System, MedStar […]