Posted and filed under Coding, Community, Medical Record Auditing.

Where To Find Free CEUs

Continuing Education Units (CEU) for healthcare professionals who are credentialed by the AAPC are worth their weight in gold. CEUs are a necessary tool for all medical coders and auditors as they are not only required for certification maintenance, but because they keep professionals current on industry trends. The AAPC has a set of guidelines…

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We Need to Talk About Transgender Healthcare

Earlier this week, Advize Health partnered with Grassi Healthcare Advisors to host a webinar on transgender healthcare. This webinar sought out to educate the healthcare community not only on coding for transgender patients, but on every aspect of care for this critically underserved population, from claims denials to the cost of transitioning. The convergence of…

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Meet Your New MBI

If you’re covered by Medicare, or if your patients are covered by it – you’re about to start feeling more of the effects of The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. Most organizations have been preparing for MACRA’s ripple effects for years, so this wave of change may just be another to…

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Sound Bites From HIMSS18

HIMSS 2018 returned to the bustling city of Las Vegas for the first time since 2016 determined to keep their promise of being “where the world connects for health”.  Drawing in guests from around the world, HIMSS is the premiere conference for those working in the healthcare technology space. With a focus on innovation, interoperability,…

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Something Smells Phishy

Phishing is a common fraudulent practice that involves, “sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers”. Phishing is an example of deceptive social engineering, one that exploits cybersecurity weaknesses held across most industries, including healthcare. Phishing attempts are typically…

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Should Doctors Ask Patients About Gun Ownership?

A recent anti-Rick Scott television ad has been causing controversy and sparking some intense conversation in the wake of the Parkland, FL tragedy. The advertisement, which recently went into circulation discusses Parkland, the Orlando nightclub shooting, and the Ft. Lauderdale events targets Rick Scott for his involvement in legislation that prevented care providers, including mental…

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Healthcare Can Help Animals, Too

This week we celebrate #LoveYourPetDay, but last week Advize celebrated the pets who don’t have homes to call their own. Earlier this month we hosted our Happy Hour Giving, involved crafting Valentine’s Day cards for under-served seniors, and a food drive for homeless animals. We first reached out to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay,…

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Aetna Faces Uphill Battle

If you haven’t heard the name Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma before, you’re about to get acquainted. Iinuma is the former Medical Director of health insurance giant Aetna, and he might just be the reason yet another Aetna deal flatlines. During a recent deposition in a lawsuit between Aetna and Gillen Washington, a young adult with…

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Is HHS About to Lose Funding?

Yesterday, President Donald Trump presented his $4.4 trillion FY19 budget proposal – and it looks like the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is going to have to tighten its fiscal belt. Trump’s proposed budget demonstrates a 21% decrease from HHS’ 2017 budget. That means the agency may be facing a cut as steep…

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Coding for Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Late last month, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced her resignation in response to a Politico report exposing an unethical conflict of interest between Fitzgerald and the tobacco industry. The report reveals that the Trump administration’s top public health official purchased shares in Japan Tobacco, an organization that…

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