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August 27, 2015 | “ICD-10: Final Steps to Ensure a Smooth Transition”
~from Advancing the Business of Healthcare | By Arlene Baril, Senior Director, Facility Reimbursement & Coding Services, Altegra Health.
With the October 1 ICD-10 transition date closing in, provider organizations that have spent months diligently preparing can relax — or not, depending on how serious they are about driving down the potential for financial impact to a bare minimum.

April 3, 2015 | “Training, Testing Tools Crucial For ICD-10 Transition”
~from Medical Practice Insider | By Arlene F. Baril, MHA, RHIA, CHC, Senior Director of Reimbursement & Advisory Services, Altegra Health.
Practices need to get started now. The good news is that clinical and administrative staff can be ready for the deadline with effective practice-wide training, pre-implementation testing and deployment of cost-effective IT tools.

February 2015 | “Commercial Reasonableness: A Key Compliance Issue at Transaction Inception and Ongoing”
~from Journal of Health Care Compliance | By Allison Carty, JD, MBA, Manager, Valuation & Transaction Services, Altegra Health.
The landscape for financial transactions between health care organizations and physicians must be navigated carefully through numerous compliance challenges. Make sure you are asking the right questions.

September 10, 2014 | “Provider Education and Training for ICD-10 Implementation”
~from New Perspectives | Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors | By Lynn Handy, Senior Director of Professional Coding Services and Education, Altegra Health.
Implementation of ICD-10 has been delayed, but now is not the time to take your foot off the accelerator. When the new coding system receives the green light, ICD-10 diagnosis codes will be the basis of reimbursement. Successful implementation depends on quality documentation.

March 12, 2014 | “A Primer on Fair Market Value and Physician Employment Arrangements”
~from New Perspectives on Healthcare Risk Management, Control and Governance | By Curtis Bernstein, ASA, CPA/ABV, CVA, MBA, Managing Director of Valuation and Transaction Services, Altegra Health; Allison Carty, JD, MBA, Valuation Manager, Altegra Health; and Monica Nunez, JD, Analyst, Altegra Health.
Before you audit, learn the basics and risks of employment arrangements.

March 1, 2014 | “DME Scrutiny Increases: Fix Documentation Misses”
~from Healthcare Business Monthly | By Kelly Loya, CPC-I, CHC, CPhT, CRMA, Director of Reimbursement & Advisory Services, Altegra Health.
Although determining supply codes is pretty straightforward, diagnosis coding and medical necessity is not.