Webinar Q&A: 2017 Procedural Codes Update

First Healthcare Compliance hosted an informative webinar, “2017 Procedural Codes Update A-Z” with Karna Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, Manager of Consulting for Coding Strategies, our valued partner.  Click here to view the webinar. Highlighting her take home points from the webinar, Karna provides answers to commonly asked questions regarding CPT coding and documentation. What are

By |December 22nd, 2016|ICD-10|

ICD-10: 2017 Updates

The one-year grace period for ICD-10 coded claims ended on October 1st, 2016. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will now hold providers to the fullest level of specificity when submitting codes. View our infographic to learn about the ICD-10 updates for 2017. FY 2017 also brings new codes and other updates, bringing the

By |October 6th, 2016|ICD-10|

Is Your Compliance Program Effective?

Having a compliance program in place is a start but having an effective compliance program is the goal. Proactively assessing the effectiveness of one’s own compliance program is better than the Department of Justice making a determination of the adequacy as a result of an investigation for alleged misconduct. To set benchmarks for an effective


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for protecting the integrity of the programs in Health and Human Services against fraud, waste and abuse as well as recommending improvements to the system that would promote efficiency and efficacy within the limits of the health care laws.   Although OIG oversight includes programs such as

Billing Care Plan Oversight Risks

Care Plan Oversight describes the physician or other healthcare professional’s supervision of patients in hospice, nursing facilities or those receiving care through home health agencies. CPO reimbursement covers initial certification, any re-certifications and care plan supervision. However, only physicians can bill for initial certification and re-certification and only one physician can bill per month. The

ICD-10 – Preparation for Your Practice

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delayed the original compliance date of October 1, 2013 until October 1, 2014, to allow the continued preparation necessary to be ready for the largest transition in our Healthcare reimbursement system. This transition requires business and system changes in order for the Healthcare reimbursement systems to be

“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


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.