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Taking Your Practice to Telehealth: An Introduction for Mental Health Professionals
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many mental health professionals had never practiced distance therapy with their patients. When social distancing and flattening the curve became nationwide-goals, the legislatures acted quickly to relax restrictions on providing teletherapy and many mental health professionals jumped into action. After all, isolation, financial pressures and the stress and anxiety brought on by the societal changes required by the pandemic created a high demand for mental health ...
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: CMS, OCR, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Emergency Preparedness, Ethics, Compliance, Telehealth, COVID-19, Mental Health, Insurance Coverage | View Count: (153)
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COVID-19 and Risk Management During the Pandemic

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COVID-19 and Risk Management During the Pandemic
The direct health impacts of pandemics can be catastrophic. Pandemics are large-scale outbreaks of infectious disease that can greatly increase morbidity and mortality over a wide geographic area and cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. The world has and will be suffering through the various stages of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for months and perhaps even years to come.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: CDC, OSHA, Emergency Preparedness, Employee Safety, Healthcare Employees, Healthcare Employers, COVID-19, Flu, Influenza, Mental Health, Vaccines | View Count: (274)
FINANCIAL IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE AMERICAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
There has been significant disruption to the healthcare industry among the challenges related to the pandemic. The financial impact to the health care industry may not be totally realized for some time. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and other government programs are implementing various actions to help, but it may not be enough.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: CDC, CMS, WHO, Providers, Rural Providers, Home Health, Emergency preparedness, Billing, Coding, ICD-10, Patient Portals, Telehealth, Telemedicine, COVID-19, Healthcare Payers, Insurance Coverage, Medicare and Medicaid, Payment Adjustment | View Count: (289)
COVID-19 AND MAINTAINING HIPAA COMPLIANCE DURING THE PANDEMIC
In February 2020, the OCR released a bulletin providing guidance related to the Novel Coronavirus better known as COVID-19. OCR expects Covered Entities and Business Associates to make reasonable efforts to protect patient privacy and secure information even during a pandemic.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: OCR, HIPAA Covered Entities, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Compliance, Business Associates, Cyberattacks, Telehealth, COVID-19 | View Count: (518)
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Educating Others: Develop Your Training Skills

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Educating Others: Develop Your Training Skills
As an experienced coder, you may be called upon to present information to your staff, co-workers or to train new coders. But it is not enough to just know ICD-10 coding! By developing your training skills and personal teaching style, your presentations will be far more effective and engaging. Let’s review some strategies to improve your presentation style and set you up for success as an ICD-10 trainer.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: Compliance, Billing, Coding, CDI, ICD-10, ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, Continuing Education, Leadership, Training | View Count: (284)
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Do You Know About the Recent Federal Statute EKRA?

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Do You Know About the Recent Federal Statute EKRA?
In October of 2018, a new federal statute called “Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act” (EKRA), codified at 18 U.S.C. § 220, extends the scope of the AKS in response to the opioid crisis. It expands and broadens the prohibition for remuneration to cover certain abusive payment arrangements related to opioid addiction treatment centers, since the AKS only applies to federal health care programs.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: Anti-Kickback Statute, Compliance Program, Compliance, Corporate Compliance, Opioid Crisis, Addiction | View Count: (371)
Avoid Patients Discovering Surprise Fees, Wrong Charges and Inappropriately Denied Claims
The nonprofit Patient Advocate Foundation estimates approximately 50% of medical bills contain incorrect charges, wrongly denied claims or surprise fees. “They may charge you for the wrong service or charge you twice for the same service or say you had an ibuprofen when you didn’t,” says Caitlin Donovan, spokesperson for the organization. Spotting an error can save you thousands of dollars, she adds. “That’s why it’s so important to scrutinize your bill.”
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: ethics, compliance, revenue cycle, health care fraud, quality, appeals management, billing, coding, denials management, insurance coverage, payment adjustment | View Count: (674)
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Coding and the Link Between Diabetes, Eye Disease

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Coding and the Link Between Diabetes, Eye Disease
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults in the United States. Diabetics are more susceptible to certain eye diseases because their condition can cause irreparable damage to the eyes. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that about 90% of vision loss from diabetes can be prevented. Diabetic eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: American Diabetes Association (ADA), CDC, National Institutes of Health, Coding, Compliance, ICD-10, Diabetes, Vision | View Count: (428)
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The Link Between Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

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Heart disease and stroke are the most common causes of death in adults with diabetes. In fact, diabetics are almost twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as those without diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is partly due to the fact that people with diabetes are more likely to have other conditions, or risk factors, that increase their chances of heart disease or stroke.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: American Diabetes Association (ADA), CDC, National Institutes of Health, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Heart Health, Stroke, ICD-10-CM, Compliance | View Count: (457)
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Diabetes, Coding, and Telehealth

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Diabetes, Coding, and Telehealth
As a provider, you can use a variety of tools - such as telehealth - to help patients manage their diabetes. To ensure accurate billing and recordkeeping, you should verify that diabetes and its related conditions are coded properly during encounters.
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| Categories: AIHC Professional Articles | Tags: American Diabetes Association (ADA), CDC, Department of Veterans Affairs, Rural Providers, Billing, Coding, CDI, ICD-10, ICD-10-CM, Telehealth, Telemedicine, Diabetes, compliance, CMS | View Count: (622)
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