The proper application of modifier -59 (Distinct Procedural Service) has mystified many a coder. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently indicated that modifier -59 is the most commonly used and abused of all the modifiers—mainly due to the fact that it is used to bypass edits.
Joanna Belbey, a social media compliance specialist for Actiance, spoke with the Journal for the November/December eCompliance issue about the role of social media and telemedicine in healthcare. As telehealth and social media continues to be an evolving force in healthcare, Belbey elaborated on the pros and cons of its use. The Journal also conducted an interview Belbey via Skype in an effort to demonstrate just how telemedicine and social media might look like in a healthcare setting.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) convened its annual Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Summit in August 2014 in Washington, DC. The summit is committed to presenting interactive sessions, showcasing real-world examples, advancing networking opportunities, and providing critical insights to move CDI programs forward.
In this web series, HIM professionals working in emerging roles give advice on tackling difficult HIM problems.
The National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, has been named the Department of Health and Human Services’ acting assistant secretary for health to become part of the Obama administration’s Ebola response effort.