Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration

On June 29, 2018, in Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advancing the Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration, which, when approved and adopted, would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for clinicians who participate sufficiently in certain Medicare Advantage plans that involve taking on risk. CMS seeks public comment on the information […]

Medicaid Program Integrity Initiatives

On June 26, 2018, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new and enhanced initiatives designed to improve Medicaid program integrity through greater transparency and accountability, strengthened data, and innovative and robust analytic tools. Recent years have seen a rapid increase in Medicaid spending driven by several factors, including Medicaid expansion, from $456 billion in 2013 […]

Webinar “Don’t Get Burned!-How To Code Burns Properly in ICD-10” July 12, 2018 beginning at Noon Eastern (9am Pacific)

On June 26, 2018, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

Coding burns takes more information than you might realize! Most scenarios require these following key components to tell the details of the condition–site, severity, specificity, and extent. This session will help you utilize each of these elements to choose the right code. We’ll start with how a burn is defined, then how to determine the […]

CMS Data Element Library

On June 21, 2018, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL is a new CMS database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using this free, centralized resource, the public for the first time can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute care […]

CWTC [Episode 40] Non-epileptiform seizures, Multiple Fractures as Etio, Validating Dysphagia, BMI

On June 18, 2018, in CWTC, by AQ-IQ LLC

Welcome to Coffee with the Coder®, our conversation with Paula Digby and her team to address issues, observations and questions for Health Information Management professionals, physicians, auditors, payors and students. You are invited to listen in for ten minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with the Coder® […]

Webinar “Getting the Scope of Joint Procedures in CPT” June 21, 2018 beginning at Noon Eastern (9am Pacific)

On June 6, 2018, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

Far and away the most common procedures performed in orthopedics are joint procedures. Although we as coders see these services often, if we don’t keep up with the CPT code set as well as the rules and regulations, our skills can get a bit rusty. In this session we will help you sharpen your skills […]

Medicaid and CHIP Scorecard

On June 4, 2018, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s outcomes. For the first time, CMS published state Medicaid and CHIP quality […]

CWTC [Episode 39] POA in IRF, Interrupted Stay, and ESRD with Acute Renal Failure

On June 4, 2018, in CWTC, by AQ-IQ LLC

Welcome to Coffee with the Coder®, our conversation with Paula Digby and her team to address issues, observations and questions for Health Information Management professionals, physicians, auditors, payors and students. You are invited to listen in for ten minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with the Coder® […]