Health Care Code Sets: ICD-10 (MLN Matters)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare MLN Matters has posted a Health Care Code Sets Fact Sheet which is a great educational and reference tool.  You’ll find updated information in red font within the Fact Sheet. Medicare code sets provide an easy guide for health care providers, suppliers, medical coders, and billing…… Continue reading Health Care Code Sets: ICD-10 (MLN Matters)

Interim Final Rule: COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Clients and Staff in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted QSO-21-21-ICFIID on August 23, 2021.  This QSO carries the same title as this blog. Background On Dec. 1, 2020, the Advisory Committee in Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that health care personnel (HCP) and LTC facility residents be offered COVID-19 vaccination first (Phase 1a).  On…… Continue reading Interim Final Rule: COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Requirements for Clients and Staff in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)

Protecting Patients Through Healthcare Resiliency

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduces a blog authored by Denise Cardo, MD, Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, that addresses the need for more action to reduce infectious disease threats around the world. This blog highlights lessons learned over the last decade and…… Continue reading Protecting Patients Through Healthcare Resiliency

Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid participating health care providers and suppliers in March 2021. Download this two-page document to learn about the specific requirements for your health care facility. Here’s a sample of what’s on…… Continue reading Emergency Preparedness Rule Resources

CMS Resumes Targeted Probe & Educate Program

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS is restarting the Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program to help educate providers and reduce future denials and appeals. If your Medicare Administrative Contractor audits you, take advantage of the TPE education, and get up to 3 rounds of educational claim review to help you bill accurately.…… Continue reading CMS Resumes Targeted Probe & Educate Program

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of all healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of life, including patients’ ability to attend important appointments and receive routine…… Continue reading August is National Immunization Awareness Month

56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and ADA Anniversary

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Birthdays and anniversaries are big events for me; history is also important.  There are two (2) historical anniversaries this week that need mention. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid. For 56 years since, these…… Continue reading 56th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and ADA Anniversary

FY 2022 ICD-10-CM Code Files

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The FY 2022 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines, FY 2022 Conversion Table and FY 2022 Code Tables, Tabular and Index files, which contain information on the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2022, are available in the Downloads section on the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/medicare/icd-10/2022-icd-10-cm. All diagnosis code files are…… Continue reading FY 2022 ICD-10-CM Code Files

MedPAC Releases 2021 Data Book on Health Care Spending and Medicare Program

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, July 16, 2021, MedPAC announced the release of its 2021 data book on health care spending and the Medicare program. The publication provides data on Medicare spending, demographics of the Medicare population, beneficiaries’ access to care, and quality of care in the program, among…… Continue reading MedPAC Releases 2021 Data Book on Health Care Spending and Medicare Program