EMS Billing News and Information
Keep up to date with news and information on EMS billing services and the coming changes in ICD-10.
Changes are coming to Medicare on April 2018. As we mentioned in our previous article, CMS will be issuing new Medicare cards to patients that replace social security numbers with a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number. This change is going to affect all...read more
Having good patient demographics in patient care reports is the core to being able to bill claims accurately and efficiently. Watch the video to learn about the 5 most important patient demographics you need to provide in PCRs.
Note: In 2018, Medicare will no longer use social security numbers on Medicare cards and will be issuing brand new identifier numbers. Be prepared to switch out from using the old numbers to the new ones in your systems.read more
HIPAA has been the elephant in the room that no one really wants to talk about. When HIPAA was first enacted, audits and fines were rare. However, with the government outsourcing audits, HIPAA violations have undergone much more scrutiny with ever-increasing fines for violators.
Grant Helferich, Omni’s Director of Client Performance and Training, recently attended a seminar on continued HIPAA compliance. As you can see in his pic above, he takes HIPAA very seriously! He answers some important questions about HIPAA in the following Q & A session:read more
Did you know? In limited circumstances, Medicare allows services to bill a transport as an ALS transport even though ALS services were not provided, as long as proper documentation is included in the PCR. Watch the video to learn more about billing a transport as an ALS transport under these circumstances.read more
On Oct 1, 2016, the grace period for insurance companies accepting unspecified codes ended. Follow these tips to reduce the chances of your claims being denied for unspecified coding.read more
In the last part of this series we will be focusing on improving legibility in your PCRs and all attached forms. Encourage your staff or colleagues to use these criteria as guidelines to writing complete and accurate PCRs that reduce the chance of insurance denials.read more
Last month, we shared the third part of a 5-part series on writing good patient care reports (PCRs), which focused on justifying medical interventions (See Full Article: How to Write Good Patient Care Reports (PCRs) Part 3 of 5: Justifying Medical Interventions).
This month we will be focusing on providing a complete, accurate, and detailed narrative in your PCRs.read more
This month we will be focusing on justifying medical interventions documented in your PCRs.
It’s important to fully explain the reasons why you provided the medical interventions documented in your PCR. Don’t think of it as just providing detailed information to insurance companies to reduce denials of claims. You are also providing continued care for the patient, as the receiving facility gets a complete picture on what care was provided to the patient and the outcomes of that care.read more
Diagnosis codes or signs and symptoms? A valuable debate has been going on in the EMS industry on the right way to code claims. Omni EMS Billing recently did a nationwide survey and found the following results:read more