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HIPAA Violation Penalties Revised

May 06, 2019 - By Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
On April 30, 2019 The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that “HHS will apply a different cumulative annual CMP limit for each of the four penalties tiers in the HITECH Act.” Unlike other notices which require a proposed rule with a comment period, this notice will t... Read More

Medicare Revises Their Appeals Process

May 06, 2019 - By Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
On April 12, 2019, Medicare announced that there will be some changes to their appeals process effective June 13, 2019. According to the MLN Matters release (see References), the following policy revisions in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual (MCPM), Chapter 29 are taking place:... Read More

What Medical Necessity Tools Does Find-A-Code Offer?

April 24, 2019 - By Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
Find-A-Code is a great resource for individuals working in all aspects of healthcare, from providers and ancillary staff to the attorneys and payers who assess and critique the documentation supporting the services performed. When recently asked what tools Find-A-Code has to help support medica... Read More

Q/A: Can I Tell a Medicare Patient Which Option to Check on the ABN?

April 18, 2019 - By Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
Question: My patient seemed confused about which of the options they should check. Can I just tell them which one they should check? Answer: No! That could be construed as coercion. The official instructions state “Under no circumstances can the notifier decide for the beneficiary which of... Read More

Breaking news! New ICD-10 codes released April 1, 2019

April 01, 2019
One of our critical jobs here at Find-A-Code is ensuring you are up-to-date on all the latest developments in coding. Click the link below for a PDF with information on a proposed new section of ICD-10-CM codes:      → X63 Offensive Encounters You may want to take a few minute... Read More

CPT to Revenue Codes Crosswalks

March 25, 2019
View CPT to Revenue Code Crosswalks with Cross-A-CodeFirst, enter your CPT code into the Comprehensive search bar. Once you click search, you should be taken to the code definition page. Scroll down to the Cross-A-Code bar and click to expand. Click the UB04 Revenue Codes bar to open the crosswalks... Read More

Medicaid Information

March 25, 2019
Find-A-Code's information is Medicare based, but did you know we also have Medicaid information? The information can be found under the Topics tab at the top of the Find-A-Code page. Hover over Topics then click States. Click the ALL STATES link at the top of the list. Here you will see a... Read More

Spotlight: ICD-10-CM Validator

March 25, 2019
The ICD-10-CM Validator tool allows you to check your diagnosis codes before you bill them together. The system will automatically check any Excludes and Includes notes for you. Enter one code per line into the box on the left hand side.  Enter ALL the codes you will list on a claim form to ch... Read More

How to Report Imaging (X-Rays) of the Thumb

March 21, 2019 - By Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
If you've ever taken piano lessons, you know that the thumb is considered the first finger of the hand. Anatomically, it is also referred to as the first phalanx (finger). However, when you are coding an x-ray of the thumb, images are captured of the thumb, hand, wrist, and all of the joints in... Read More

Let's Talk High Risk E/M Services

March 21, 2019 - By Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CMHP, CST, MA, MT
Have you ever assigned a high-complexity E/M code (e.g., 99205, 99215, 99223, 99233, 99245, etc.) and wondered if it would stand up to further scrutiny? Well, let’s take a closer look at the requirements for reporting high-level E/M services.   Both the Amer... Read More

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