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On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Do you have questions and concerns about transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have provided the following helpful links:
The new year will bring several changes to Medicare that could affect your pocketbook. There will be small changes in premiums and deductibles for Part A, but Part B premiums and deductibles will stay the same. Medicare will also pick up a higher percentage of prescription drug costs for beneficiaries who reach the “donut hole.”
Antibiotics are the second most commonly used class of drugs in the United States. Studies estimate that up to 50 percent of antibiotic use is either unnecessary or inappropriate across all types of health care settings. Because of the overuse of antibiotics, infections caused by resistant bacteria have become more common, and many bacteria have become resistant to multiple antibiotics. This trend demands urgent action by patients, health care providers, facility administrators and health care insurers to preserve the last lines of defense against many of these germs.
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