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VA expands benefits for brain injury treatment

Some veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries will have easier access to care through new regulations announced Friday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Parkinson’s disease, unprovoked seizures, some dementias, depression and hormone deficiency diseases related to several glands will be eligible for the expanded benefits. The regulations were set to be published in the Federal Register today.

Proper evaluation documentation that supports nursing home billing the focus of webcast for clinicians

In light of recent allegations of gross upcoding in therapy circles, an upcoming webcast on appropriate patient evaluation and management documentation could prove popular. Alva Baker, M.D., CMD, who has been a medical director for 29 years, will examine the relationships between E/M documentation and coding and billing. Topics within the webcast include a review of the billing codes for services provided to residents in the long-term care setting, as well as the E/M documentation system. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday. It is sponsored by the American Medical Directors Association.

Study predicts injury increase for medical professionals

High tech will mean high-risk for some healthcare workers, according to projections from a Cornell University ergonomics professor. The push to make healthcare high tech, which is being pumped with $20 billion from the federal stimulus package, will create some of its own healthcare claims, he says.

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