ESRD and DMEPOS CY 2020 Proposed Rule

On July 30, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

On July 29, CMS issued a proposed rule that proposes to update payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2020. This rule also: Proposes updates to the Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) dialysis payment rate for renal dialysis […]

OPPS Proposed Rule CY2020

On July 30, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

CMS is proposing price transparency requirements that will increase competition among all hospitals by requiring them to make pricing information publicly available. As a result, patients would be able to shop for health care that meets their needs and budgets. The proposals for calendar year (CY) 2020 includes historic changes that would require hospitals to […]

CWTC [Episode 69] Reporting Coding Concerns, Possible, Probable in IRF, Pass-Through Billing

On July 29, 2019, 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 to twenty minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with […]

HIPAA OCR Guidance

On July 25, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

New OCR Guidance for Health Care Providers and Consumers on the HIPAA Privacy Rule and Communications with a Patient’s Family, Friends, or Others Involved in the Patient’s Care The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has provided two websites containing HIPAA Privacy Rule guidance documents – one for health […]

Gotta Go: Diagnosis Coding for Genitourinary Conditions

CWTC [Episode 68] 7th Character and POA in IRF, Trach Status

On July 15, 2019, 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 to twenty minutes every other Monday and to submit your favorite questions or comments for Coffee with […]

CMS Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On July 12, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

Section 6409 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010. Section 6409(a) of the ACA required the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, in cooperation with the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, to establish a Medicare self-referral disclosure […]

Webinar “Remaining HIPAA Compliant in the Digital Age” begins Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Noon Eastern

On July 11, 2019, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

Living in the age of digital age comes with a lot of conveniences. Most anything you could want to see or know is yours to explore at literally the click of a finger. Access to the internet has opened the world to us in a way our forefathers never could have imagined. While this has […]

Ambulance Services Guidance

On July 9, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

  CMS provides guidance for Ambulance Service Providers on this page. Zip code files are updated regularly. Some of the most requested portions of the guidance include: The BBA of 2018 includes three major Medicare ambulance services provisions pertaining to: Extensions of certain ground ambulance add-on payments, Development of a data collection system for ground ambulance providers […]