Breaking News: CDC releases final list of 2019 ICD-10-CM codes

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Providers will have a total of 473 code changes beginning Oct. 1, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 deactivated codes, according to the final list of changes issued June 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The majority of the new codes added to the final update are codes describing exploitation of children and adults, such as T76.51xD (Adult forced sexual exploitation, suspected, subsequent encounter) …

CMS plans IMPACT Act frequently asked questions call for post-acute providers

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Learn more about the IMPACT Act and ask your questions of CMS officials during an upcoming Medicare learning call.
CMS will address frequently asked questions on quality measures, standardized data elements, the CMS data element library and future directions of the IMPACT Act, according to the event description.
There will also be a Q&A session after the main presentation.
The call is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 21, 2018.
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Father’s Day is June 17: Plan a brunch at your senior living facility

The following tip comes from HCPro’s The Big Book of Senior Living Activities.
Father’s Day is a great opportunity to engage your male residents and their families. Assisted living and other senior communities can plan a brunch, which usually involves a joint effort between the dietary department and activities department. Create invitations and mail them to adult children (or primary contact) and invite them to brunch. Include an RSVP to ensure an adequate count for food. …

CMS asks Medicare insurance providers to monitor prescriptions of Neudexta

CMS is warning insurance providers to watch prescriptions of Neudexta for off-label use. Neudexta is a prescription meant to treat symptoms of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which can cause uncontrollable laughter or crying. As CNN reports, prescribing for off-label use is not illegal, but creating a false diagnosis in order to secure coverage of the prescription is fraud.
A CNN investigation last fall indicated that the prescription drug was being given to those without PBA to control …