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Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma

March 19th, 2018|

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma
Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in health care policy, Medicaid, insurance and public health to her role at CMS.

Administrator Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of

Is the Contact Information Correct on Your Organization’s Medicare Notices?

July 25th, 2017|

Is the Contact Information Correct on Your Organization’s Medicare Notices?
Recently, it has come to the attention of KEPRO that some Medicare notices have incorrect contact information, including the Important Message from Medicare and the Notice of Medicare Non-Coverage. It is important that the correct information be on these notices, so that Medicare beneficiaries are

Alcohol Misuse in Primary Care

April 6th, 2017|

Importance of Screening for Alcohol Misuse in Primary Care
There’s never a stupid question. That’s what we’re told at least, but when it comes to asking those hard questions about a patient’s private life, clinicians tend to only check the box when inquiring about a patient’s alcohol consumption. There isn’t much probing done to determine

We Ask Everyone

April 6th, 2017|

We Ask Everyone: How to Properly Screen Patients for Alcohol Misuse
Many people drink alcohol as a way to wind down from the day and relax or they may indulge in drinks with family and friends in social situations. While alcohol consumption may not be viewed as dangerous or a high priority, it is important

Three Steps for Improvement

April 6th, 2017|

Three Steps for Improvement: Screening Patients for Sensitive Information
I have conducted many interviews in my healthcare career with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. The key to obtaining personal information revolves around how healthcare professionals approach these sensitive, but necessary screening questions.

Building Rapport

Building a strong rapport with your patients starts with being transparent and

Alcohol Abuse Coding

April 6th, 2017|

Alcohol Abuse Coding: Understanding Guidelines for new XU Modifier
When a patient comes into an office for their Medicare Annual Wellness Exam, it’s common to collect necessary vitals such as height, weight and blood pressure. Another piece of information that clinicians should consider obtaining is a patient’s lifestyle assessment, including asking questions about diet, exercise,

Most Common Indicators

April 6th, 2017|

Most Common Indicators: How to Identify if a Patient is Misusing a Substance
For many Baby Boomers, the free-love, easy-going lifestyle of their younger years is starting to catch up to them. The aches and pains of aging are to be expected. These symptoms can often lead to alcohol misuse among older adults.

As people age,

Battle the Opioid Overdose Epidemic with Information and Action

March 22nd, 2017|

The United States is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people in the United States die every day from prescription opioid overdose and many more become addicted.

Tools Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

March 21st, 2017|

One in four nursing home residents receive at least one antipsychotic medication. Many of those residents have dementia.

Unsteady on Your Feet?

March 16th, 2017|

If you sometimes feel unsteady, stagger when you try to walk, teeter or fall, you may have a balance disorder. You can help identify a balance problem by asking yourself some key questions before seeing a doctor.