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April 13, 2021
by Simon Hughes

How Does the American Rescue Plan Impact Your Facility?

The newly enacted American Rescue Plan centers on the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuilding the economy amidst the public health crisis. This means that the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan will impact hospitals and other healthcare providers fighting the virus and have implications for health systems, including new coverage policies.  With offices […]

February 11, 2021
by Simon Hughes

Are You Properly Billing and Coding COVID-19 Vaccinations At Your Hospital?

Now that we have approved and recommended COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), it’s time to execute the correct medical billing and coding strategy to sustain the country’s vaccination efforts properly. These medical codes were nonexistent a year ago. Still, since we face a global pandemic, healthcare practitioners must quickly adapt to these new guidelines to […]

July 19, 2017
by Simon Hughes

Social Security Numbers Will No Longer be on Medicare Identification Cards as of April 2018

What did you say? Currently, each traditional Medicare (MC) enrollee has an identification card with a Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN) (i.e. policy number). For the clear majority of MC beneficiaries, the HICN is the patient’s social security number (SSN) followed by the letter “A” (for beneficiary), with some exceptions, such as “B” for spouse […]