Sepsis Awareness Month: Information Abounds

It’s September so that means it’s the beginning of Fall AND it’s Sepsis Awareness Month.  Who would have thought we needed a month dedicated to this topic? But we do!  Over the past 20 or so years the topic of Sepsis, Septicemia, Septic Shock and alike has...

The Importance of Risk Analysis

Even after all of these years I still run into covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) who have not conducted a risk analysis, haven’t conducted on for several years or only conducted what OCR calls a gap analysis.  Well, that can get you in hot water...

New Codes for COVID Booster

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) took action in the month of August 2021 to authorize an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals, referred to as a “COVID Booster”. Both Pfizer and Moderna have been approved for this the third...

CMS and OIG Focus on Improper ICD-10-PCS Ventilation Coding

The Medicare-Severity Diagnostic Related Groups (MS-DRGs) with ICD-10-PCS mechanical ventilation code(s) have been cited by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector (OIG)  as problematic and a compliance risk.  In a June 2021...