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2016 January Items

Announcing Find-A-Codes newest addition - Medical /Lab Test Information

January 27, 2016
Announcing Find-A-Codes Newest product:  Medical /Lab Test Information, available with your Find-A-Code subscription.Test information includes: overview of the test utility - when/why/how the test is used diseases the test is often used to detect or monitor specimen collection methods/pro... Read More

Q&A: What is the difference between a new and established patient, for office E/M coding purposes?

January 27, 2016
One of my top questions asked at my billing courses.Question: What is the difference between a new and established patient, for office E/M coding purposes? I’ve heard that you can consider a patient new even if they’ve been to your practice before. Is that true? Answer: If the... Read More

Will Meaningful Use Really End in 2016?

January 25, 2016 - By Wyn Staheli
On January 11th at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, Andy Slavitt, acting CMS Administrator, dropped a bombshell by announcing that “The meaningful use program as it has existed will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” In a CMS blog post... Read More

Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Basics

January 25, 2016
Medicare oupatient hospital services are paid under the Outpatient Prospectivie Payment System (OPPS), under the Ambulatory Patient Classification system. Historically, these had been called Ambulatory Patient Groups (APGs), but before implementation of the OPPS on August 1, 2000, the name chan... Read More

Certified Medical Coder Jobs (For Applicants Referred By Find-A-Code)

January 20, 2016
The Coding Network is able to get the very best coders because we are in pursuit of greatness. We want to be the company that defines accuracy and service. The convergence of our passion for accuracy, obsession with customer service, knowledge of the landscape in which our clients must operate, and... Read More

2016 OIG Workplan: Hospital Highlights

January 19, 2016 - By Bonnie G. Schreck, BS, CCS, CPC, COC, CP
The OIG, or Office of the Inspector General, is a department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that was organized to protect the integrity of HHS programs and operations and the well-being of beneficiaries by detecting and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse, identifying opportunitie... Read More

Q&A - Submitting claims: ICD-9 or ICD-10?

January 11, 2016 - By Christine Taxin
Question: Our clinician admitted a patient in September and didn’t discharge her until October. Because of the ICD-10 implementation, we are not sure how to bill this claim. Do we use both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes on the same claim since the dates of service span the implementation dat... Read More

Hands on Dental2Medical Billing

January 11, 2016
Our interactive course lets all participants have fun while learning. We teach to all learning styles through games, computer teaching, lecture and interactivity. All participants will understand how and why medical billing can be a profit center in the dental practice. After a very successful... Read More

PQRS - New Guidance for EPs Reporting the Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c (CMS122v3) Measure for Program Year 2015

January 11, 2016
Due to an error found in the logic, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance relating to measure CMS122 (Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control) included in the 2014 measure set for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals. Ve... Read More

Coding Biopsies in ICD-10-PCS

January 11, 2016 - By Bonnie G. Schreck, BS, CCS, CPC, COC, CP
When looking up ‘Biopsy’ in the ICD-10-PCS Alphabetic Index, it directs you to root operations drainage and excision with a diagnostic 6th character qualifier.   In the 2016 ICD-10-PCS Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting Biopsy procedures B3.4a Biopsy procedures ar... Read More

TCNs Remote Medical Coding

January 06, 2016
The Coding Network has built a team of specialty specific coders with single specialty expertise that cover the entire spectrum of medical and surgical services. All of our more than 350+ coders live and work in the United States of America. If you would like to learn more about the TCN Re... Read More

CMS Announces: Final Rule on Authorization Process for Certain Durable Medical Equipment

January 04, 2016
CMS has established a new prior authorization process for DMEPOS items that are frequently subject to unnecessary utilization.  The final rule will create an initial Master list that includes items that meet specific criteria. Items already on the Master List that are identified by a GAO/OIG,... Read More

BETOS - Berenson-Eggers Type of Service Codes Crosswalk to HCPCS

January 04, 2016
For our customers asking for a cross walk from BETOS to HCPCS, we now have it available with your subscription.  There are a few ways to access it; under CODES>OTHER MEDICAL CODE>SETS> check it out!    → Click here to view the 2016 HCPCS-BETOS Crosswalks You can also... Read More

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