CWTC [Episode 25] Debility in IRF, IGC 17, and IRF Short Stay Coding

On November 21, 2017, in CWTC, Uncategorized, by AQ-IQ LLC

Welcome to Coffee with the CoderTM, our conversation with Paula Digby and her team to address issues, observations and questions for Health Information Management professionals. You are invited to listen in for ten minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with the CoderTM In today’s episode Paula Digby […]

Listen to “Coffee with the Coder” on Monday

On November 21, 2017, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

The next episode of our audio blog “Coffee with the Coder” is Monday, December 18, 2017. CWTC features expert coders answering interesting (or popular) questions. Designed to take less time than a coffee break, CWTC is the conference call you don’t want to miss. And it’s FREE to listen. If you’d like to be reminded […]

FREE Webinar “Removing the Barriers to IRF payments through Clinical Documentation Improvement” Thursday, November 30, 2017

On November 21, 2017, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

In our IRF world barriers to appropriate payment appear to be on the rise.  While we provide quality care, often payments associated with that care are less than expected or taken back.  Mostly this can occur due to missing required technical elements, lack of clear documentation to support the need for care provided and/or details […]

CMS Inpatient Only List CY2018

On November 13, 2017, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

This is a zip file for download. CPT® license agreement required. 2018 Final Rule OPPS Addenda – Opens in a new window (The 2018 Inpatient Only List is here as Addendum E.) It is available as an Excel file or as a Text file. For additional information on the OPPS Final Rule see this document.

OPPS Final Rule 2018

On November 13, 2017, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

About this FR: Patients over Paperwork Initiative CMS recently launched the Patients Over Paperwork Initiative, a cross-cutting, collaborative process that evaluates and streamlines regulations with a goal to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary experience. Through the Patients Over Paperwork Initiative, CMS, along with its partners and stakeholders, is committed to removing regulatory […]

Physician Fee Schedule 2018

On November 9, 2017, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

On November 2, 2017, CMS issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2018. The calendar year (CY) 2018 PFS final rule is one of several final rules that reflect a broader Administration-wide […]

Webinar “Reduce the Stress of Coding Acute Myocardial Infarctions in ICD-10-CM” Tuesday, November 14, 2017 beginning at Noon Eastern

On November 9, 2017, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

On October 1st, 2017, we were introduced to some new ICD-10 codes for reporting Acute Myocardial Infarctions. Upon first glance they have caused some anxiety and confusion! But don’t have a heart attack just yet – while these new codes seem intimidating they are not as scary as they seem. In this session we are […]

FREE Webinar “How to Make the Right Call- Selecting the Correct IGC’s for the IRF-PAI”

On November 8, 2017, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

Coding for the IRF-PAI can be tricky proposition. From learning and applying rehab specific coding rules to choosing an etiologic, Case Mix Groups, and everything in between, inpatient rehab coding can be tough. The coder must make a lot of difficult calls. In this session we will be discussing what is for many the toughest […]

Incident To Guidelines

On November 7, 2017, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

A Medicare Learning Matters article dated August 23, 2016 clarifies “Incident To” services. See also this eCourse