Code accurately to maximize reimbursement

Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom […]

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First, heal thyself: OSHA responds to the crisis in healthcare worker health

On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing that the 2010 incidence of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work was 2 ½ times higher in health care support workers than in the population as a whole. And the rate is increasing: musculoskeletal disorder […]

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New OSHA inspection initiative focuses on healthcare

We knew it was coming: OSHA has announced an initiative to crack down on healthcare industries by initiating special emphasis programs to address alarming injury stats in healthcare environments. Newly released data from The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that the incident rate for nonfatal occupational injuries is increasing among healthcare […]

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Gaming the OSHA 300 Log

One of the worst kept secrets over the past few decades has been how companies and health care providers have joined forces to game the OSHA 300 log to reduce the number of reportable injuries. This created a win-win situation where companies could report lower injury rates and the Department of Labor could take credit […]

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100% compliance with OSHA recordkeeping

OSHA has launched the National Emphasis Program on recordkeeping and, at the same time, is directing inspectors to review a company’s Form 300 Logs of work related injuries and illnesses for up to five previous years for violations of the recordkeeping rules. The end result is that many employers are receiving five and six digit […]

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