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September - October 2014 •
Volume 19, Issue 5

Cyberattacks on US Healthcare Systems
Cybersecurity Can Help You Stem This Growing Threat
By Dr. Dwayne Hodges, CISSP
If you look around you, chances are you'll see some form of technology. Whether it's a computer, smartphone, or tablet, these days technology in the workplace is as ubiquitous as coffee or meetings. Click for more

Together We Accomplish More
Help HBMA reach its goals in an era of change
By Jeanne A Gilreath, CHBME, HBMA President
HBMA is on a new path – and it's a necessary one. We have made some very visible changes, and there are others underway that are not yet so visible. I want to share with you some of the changes we've made, why we've made those changes, and what we can do to overcome the challenges we face. Click for more

Changes to Billing
A Message from the Publications Committee Chair
By Cindy Groux, CHBME
Over the past six years, I have had the honor of working with the Publications Committee to deliver fresh, insightful content to readers of the Billing journal. Throughout this time, our goal has remained the same: publish timely, industry-leading articles that HBMA members can use. Click for more

Announcing the 2014 Award Winners
By Phil Ellis
HBMA has a rich history of volunteers who generously give their time, knowledge, and financial resources in their service to HBMA. They spend countless hours on projects, meetings, and communicating with their colleagues to meet the needs of their respective committee, director, or officer positions to provide leadership and create member value. Click for more

HBMA Members Sound Off on Hot Topics
By Billing Editors
Please tell us how the nature and scope of services your company offers has changed over the last five years. Click for more

Reading Between the Lines of HIPAA Compliance
Take These Steps to Remain Compliant with HIPAA Rules
By Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.
It’s no surprise that the rules and regulations governing how we do business are complex and, at times, difficult to read. The same is true for the Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164 (even the title is a mouthful!) – or, as you may know them, the HIPAA Rules. Click for more

Protect Yourself with Cyber and Privacy Liability Insurance
Purchasing a Policy Is the First Step
By Gamelah Palagonia, CIPM, CIPP/IT, CIPP/US, CIPP/G, ARM, RPLU
These days, billing company owners are increasingly concerned about the threat of cyberattacks, and their role in protecting private information. So, with that in mind, more owners are looking to buy cyber and privacy liability insurance. In this article, we will discuss the need for this type of insurance, as well as what to keep in mind when buying it. Click for more

LCDs of the Future
Answers to Your Questions About ICD-10-CM Local Coverage Determinations
By Melody W. Mulaik, MSHS, CRA, FAHRA, RCC, CPC, CPC-H
The transition to ICD-10-CM has been postponed to 2015, but we can take advantage of this additional time to fully prepare. Click for more

ERAs Are Here, and AMA Can Help
Transitioning to ERA is Made Easy with AMA's Claims Workflow Assistant
Published with Permission of the American Medical Association (AMA)
If you heard about HIPAA's recent changes to how health insurers offer electronic remittance advice (ERA) transactions, you'll be glad to hear the AMA has resources and tools to help. Click for more

Virtual Payments: Not Just a Phase in Healthcare
Flexibility in Payment Options Is Key to Their Success
By Bill Marvin
Virtual payments are an emerging payment method for payors to send payments to billing services and their provider clients using the card networks. More commonly known as "virtual cards" – since the recipient can process them just like a credit card – this method of payment is increasingly being used by payors as an alternative to paper checks. Click for more

Proceed with Care: How to Stay Compliant with Modifier 59
Caution and Research Go a Long Way
By Jackie Miller, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC
Modifier 59 is a lot like duct tape. Sure, it's versatile and can fix a variety of billing problems, but if not used with care, it can turn into a sticky tangle. In this column, we'll look at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance on the use of modifier 59, how it differs from the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) guidelines, and how to use it appropriately. Click for more

How to Handle the ICD-10 Delay
Congress Has Delayed ICD-10 Implementation. Now What?
By Valerie Fernandez, MBA, CPC, CPC-H, AHIMA ICD-10 Trainer
Congress's decision in April to delay ICD-10 implementation stunned the professional coding world, and left many of us wondering, what should we do now? While it may take some time to shake off the shock of the delay, when you do, the next step is to embrace the additional time as an opportunity to fully prepare for the change. Click for more

Paste as You Like It
Use "Paste Special" to Paste Data in a Variety of Ways
By Nate Moore, CPA, MBA, CMPE
Now that you're familiar with cutting, copying, and pasting data from the last Billing article, the next step is to learn how to utilize Excel's "Paste Special" function. Recent versions of Excel have replaced words with icons that describe "Paste Special" options – perhaps because it assumes users know about each option. Click for more

Prepare for the Future by Developing Your "Number Two"
From the Road
By Dave Jakielo, CHBME
A month doesn't go by without me receiving at least one call from a billing company owner asking if I know anyone who has the qualifications and experience to fill the role of a chief operating officer, director of billing operations, or billing office manager. Click for more

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