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So far First Healthcare Compliance Staff has created 8 blog entries.

Now is the Time to Diagnose the Financial Health of Your Business Operations

Have you examined the health of your business operations lately? The need for good internal controls over billing and cash collections in a physician practice setting should not be understated.  The reality is, good internal controls in these areas will directly translate into improved bottom lines in the financial statements of your physician practice. It

What is the timeline for your practice?

Running a practice requires adherence to a complicated timeline.  Below is a summary of important dates to add to your calendar. 2013 eRx PAYMENT ADJUSTMENT of -1.5% for Eligible Professionals and group practices in GPRO who: a) Were not successful electronic prescribers in 2011 or b) Failed to report claims for 10 billable Medicare B

Billing for “Incident-to” Services: Preparing for OIG Review

First Healthcare Compliance's Janice Jones discusses Billing for Incident-to Services: Preparing for OIG Review as part of the preparation Affordable Care Act. Watch a video of the webinar.    

ICD-10 Implementation FAQs

ICD-10 Implementation FAQs 1. What is ICD-10? 2. When will ICD-10 be implemented? 3. Why is the United States transitioning to ICD-10? 4. Is there a grace period to submit ICD-9 codes after October 1, 2014? 5. What preparations need to be considered? 6. Do coders need additional anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology training? 7.

“The Night Before Christmas”

-In the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to share an ICD-10 coding gift that I enjoyed. “The Night Before Christmas” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all  through the house.  Not a creature was  stirring, not even a mouse.      W53.09XA Other contact with mouse, initial encounter   The stockings were hung

Documentation for Total Joint Replacements

Knee and hip replacements are on the rise.  In my family and circle of friends there have been many who have received one or both of these surgeries.  I can say with certainty that they suffered with the pain and debility for quite some time, some of them years.  It takes a leap of faith


The word change does not tend to conjure up a warm feeling.  In fact, it can produce many uncomfortable feelings such as uncertainty, self-doubt, perplexity and hesitancy, and sometimes even panic.  The words tweak, alter, and modification do not have quite the same impact, but they all have the same meaning; an adjustment or maybe a transformation. 

Coding Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a hot topic for a lot of people. Particularly parents, who scour the internet, question the pediatrician, and talk with friends and family about the right path to take for their family.  Whatever that decision happens to be, it is important that it is documented. Not only is it important to be vigilant to