The Medical Management Institute - MMI
The Medical Management Institute - MMI
The Medical Management Institute - MMI

MMI Updates & Announcements

  • Eight Trends in Coder Training | Originally Posted in "For the Record"

    Posted: May 15 2016

    Eight Trends in Coder TrainingBy Julia Scott, RMCFor The RecordVol. 28 No. 5 P. 8 Originally posted in "For the Record"   In the world of coding, the only constant is change. Codes change, regulations change, technologies change. The list goes on. Virtually nothing stays the same for too long.  As a result, coder certification and education programs must evolve commensurate with these changes to ensure graduates are well prepared for a demanding—and dynamic—work environment. Programs that remain stagnant do a disservice to the next generation of coders who must be prepared to wear many hats and accomplish multiple tasks in the brave new world of ICD-10.  The continued spotlight on the coding profession has inspired many coder training and certification providers to reevaluate priorities, supplement content, and offer varying methods of delivery. This article explores eight trends in coder education that will play a prominent role throughout the remainder...

  • 5,500 New ICD-10 Codes for 2016 - CM and PCS

    Posted: Apr 20 2016

    It was announced last month that CMS plans to add 5,500 diagnosis and procedure codes to the ICD-10 coding system in October of this year, right when the grace period is ending. These codes will be applicable for fiscal year 2017.   New ICD-10-CM (clinical) Codes: 1,900 New ICD-10-PCS (procedural) Codes: 3,651   Why are there new ICD-10 codes being released now? The 5,500 new codes are a result of a backlog of proposals for changes to the code set due to a partial freeze. A partial freeze was actually implemented by the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee prior to the implementation of ICD-10 back in 2014. According to CMS, the partial freeze would only allow very limited code updates to capture new technologies and diseases, and on October 1st, regular updates to ICD-10 would begin again. Where can I access the new ICD-10 codes?The new PCS (procedural) codes are available on the CMS website and...

  • HHS Fugitive Captured After 20 Years on the Run - April 2016

    Posted: Apr 05 2016

      Did you know that the HHS inspector general's office has a "most wanted health care fugitives" list? It is publicly listed on the OIG website where they are seeking more than 170 fugitives on charges related to health care fraud and abuse. This month, a fugitive that has been on the run for over 20 years was finally caught and arrested.  Robert Allen Lopez, who pleaded guilty to Medicare fraud on December 14, 1995, was arrested April 2016, at Miami International Airport. He is in custody and will face additional federal charges. Lopez fled the country after pleading guilty but before his sentencing hearing. According to the indictment, from July 1991 until June 1994, Lopez and others conspired to defraud Medicare by filing false claims and structuring cash transactions to evade federal currency-reporting requirements. The fake claims totaled more than $4 million. OIG investigators found that Lopez established numerous companies in Miami, using...

  • Coder education goes holistic

    Posted: Jan 12 2016

    Why physician practice coders need to know the front- and back-end of reimbursement In a previous post, MMI’s contributing blogger and chief training officer, Dari Bonner, discussed how RMC-credentialed medical coders enhance various business processes within physician practices. This month, I’ll take a deeper dive into the importance of a holistic approach to coder education—and why this matters in today’s regulatory-driven environment.  A front-to-back approach to coding education As reimbursement experts who are well-versed in payer requirements, coders are increasingly pulled into various roles within a practice. Coding may only represent a small portion of a coder’s actual responsibilities. As a result, they must be well-equipped with skills and knowledge to perform a wide variety of duties within practices, medical groups, and clinics. In addition, a ‘big picture’ view of reimbursement enhances documentation, coding, and billing accuracy—including the front-end (registration and documentation input) as well as the back-end (denials and...

  • ...Money Towards a Charity on the 12 Day of Savings

    Posted: Dec 23 2015

    On the 12th day of savings, MMI gave to me...money towards a charity! MMI is proud to announce that we will be donating a portion of the proceeds from today's training purchases (December 23) towards the "Marine Toys for Tots Foundation." For every $100 spent, MMI will donate $10!  Did you know that Toys for Tots is a top rated charity? 97% of donations go to the mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children. The 3% spent on support principally covers fundraising expenses - not one donated dollar goes to pay for salaries or any other manpower costs. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Most campaign sites are able to assist children up...