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They don't occur that often but when they do, Specialty Care Transports (SCTs) present to the provider a unique cloud of uncertainty when it comes to documenting these "Misunderstood" transports.  While they have long been a part of the EMS Transportation industry, SCTs seem to come as somewhat of a phenomena when making sure billing prerequisites are well-covered to process the trip for payment.  In this episode of The QMC Board & Collar, we explore this subject matter and hopefully, bring some clarity to this topic.  

 

Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by:  G. Harvat

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Today, nothing happens without good, solid data to backup every decision that governments and corporations make.  Even professional sports teams use analytical data on such things as how to pitch to power hitters or where to position the fielders when a specific batter comes to the plate.  From an EMS perspective, with good data we can look to better structure the Medicare ambulance fee schedule to reflect the true costs of providing ambulance services. We will also be able to use the data to pursue providing medical care and reimbursement which is not just tied to transporting patients to facilities. 

In this edition of The QMC Board & Collar we stand on the mound and view into the catcher for signals on how this new data collection system will evolve.  It's going to be an interesting game ahead that may go into extra innings before a full outcome is achieved.  

Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by:  C. Humphrey

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Writing well-documented patient care narratives is extremely important but chronological entry of events within the report is also key for many reasons.  One of the largest problems with reports is incorrect entry of times to include time of event to time of medication introduction.  Accurate time entry is paramount in every patient care report and providers need to pay attention to ensure that all chronological entries are correct.  This edition of The QMC Board & Collar takes a closer look at time and the importance of both a good narrative which denotes accurate event times. 

 

Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by:  G. Harvat

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Well, we've all had them...Those patients who are stricken seriously ill that, for one reason or another, want to ambulate on their own volition to the ambulance.  Not uncommon in our industry but how does CMS and all the other payers feel about patients who walk this way?  Medical necessity is fairly well-defined and we are all forced to comply.  This edition of The QMC Board & Collar looks closing at those who walk (or crawl) and how payers view them (dub in Steven Tyler and the hit tune from  Aerosmith now).

 

Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by:  G. Harvat

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How many times have you heard the horror stories about those individuals behind in finishing their patient care reports (PCRs)?  Typically, these individuals are not behind by one or two but sometimes, ten, twenty or even more.  Ugh.  How can anyone recall the patient interaction from ten days prior?  That's absolutely impossible (sorry for the editorial comment). 

While most states have rules for timely completion, the question remains as to how well this is policed and to be honest, why must something as important as report writing be put on the back burner?  Yes, I know, your organization runs call after call but timely report writing is part of the patient care process and it is your responsibility to get them completed.  In this episode of The QMC Board & Collar we'll take a quick look at how to avoid life's simple distractions that will hopefully, help you get those PCRs completed on time.

Written by:  C. Humphrey
Presented by:  G. Harvat

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