Archive for August, 2012

MPM Employee Earns CPMA Certification

Linda Warren, CPC, CPMA

Linda Warren, CPC, CPMA

Medical Practice Management, Inc. employee, Linda Warren CPC, CPMA is congratulated on her recent achievement with the AAPC certification of  Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA).

Linda has been employed for the past five years with Medical Practice Management but achieved her certified medical coder status in 1998.

The Certified Professional Medical Auditor status was achieved in August 2012. To qualify for the certification a coder must have a good understanding of:

  • Knowledge of medical documentation, fraud, abuse and penalties for documentation and coding violations based on government guidelines.
  • Coding Concepts
  • Scope and Statistical Sampling Methodologies
  • Medical Record Auditing Skills and Abstraction Ability
  • Quality Assurance and Coding Risk Analysis
  • Communication of Results and Findings
  • The Medical Record

Congratulations Linda on this wonderful achievement!

CMS: ICD-10 2014 Date Official

The final rule setting the ICD-10-CM implementation date as October 1, 2014 was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week.

The rule will be published in the Federal Register Sept. 5,2012.

CMS Releases Final Rule For Meaningful Use Stage 2

August 23, 2012  the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule outlining the requirements for the second stage of the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. This Stage 2 rule builds on the Stage 1 requirements and outlines the payment adjustment portion of the program starting in 2015.

Click here to read more about Stage 2.

Addition Of A Digital Document Repository To PECOS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated Internet-based Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) to allow all providers/suppliers the ability to submit electronic copies of supporting documentation to a digital document repository (DDR).

Note: Providers/suppliers are not required to utilize the DDR process and still have the option to mail their supporting documents to the contractor

CMS Surveys Stakeholders on ICD-10 Readiness

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will survey 1,200 stakeholders from across various sectors of the health care industry on their readiness for the ICD-10 code sets.

The readiness survey will not be used for policy purposes, according to a CMS notice published Aug. 10 in the Federal Register. “Findings from the ICD-10 readiness assessment will be used by CMS to understand each sector’s progress toward compliance and to determine what communication and educational efforts can best help affected entities obtain the tools and resources they need to achieve timely compliance with ICD-10.”

Electronic Remittance Advice Enhancements

Under the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act version 5010 standards, the electronic remittance advice (ERA) transaction has been enhanced to include such information as a patient’s coverage expiration date and the claim received date. In addition, ERAs for Medicare claims will include national and local coverage determinations so physicians can easily identify which items and services Medicare will cover. These changes will eliminate much of the time-consuming research physicians previously had to perform