The following piece demonstrates, in four by Richard Willner, VP, AMS (The Center for Peer Review Justice www.PeerReview.org Sham Peer Review Defense)
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"In other action A national transition to a new diagnosis coding set would cause administrative and other problems for physician practices attempting to meet mandates forced upon them by federal health agencies, delegates said.
New Regulation Regarding Reporting of Anesthesia Time
Monday, August 01, 2011
As part of the transition to the 5010 HIPAA electronic claims standards, a universal system for reporting anesthesia time to all payers will go into effect January 1, 2012. This new standard will require all anesthesia time to be reported in minutes instead of units - the current norm for some commercial (private) payers.
The “2011-2012 Immunizers’ Question & Answer Guide to Medicare Part B & Medicaid Coverage of Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations” is now available on the immunizations section of the CMS website at http://www.CMS.gov/immunizations.