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Coding Injections for Pain Management


Coding for pain management can get confusing. How many injections, the location, and when to use a modifier are all common questions. This article will cover some of the most common injections used in pain management. Trigger Point Injections Trigger point injections are reported by how many muscles are treated using an ...

tags  Specl: Emergency Medicine    Specl: General Surgery    Specl: Orthopedics    Specl: Pain Management    Specl: Primary Care|Family Care    Specl: Rheumatology    Specl: Skilled Nursing    Topic: CPT Coding    Topic: HCPCS Coding    Topic: Modifier Coding   

Modifier 50 — Four "Must Know" Tips For Getting Paid


Modifiers added to an HCPCS or CPT© code alters the code description, providing clarity about the service for proper claim processing and reimbursement. Here are four things you must know about modifier 50 to ensure proper payment. - Modifiers are either informational or payment related. Informational modifiers provide additional...

tags  Specl: All Specialties    Specl: Anesthesia|Pain Management    Specl: Cardiology|Vascular    Specl: Dental    Specl: Dermatology|Plastic Surgery    Specl: Emergency Medicine    Specl: Endocrinology    Specl: ENT|Otolaryngology    Specl: Gastroenterology    Specl: General Surgery    Specl: Home Health|Hospice    Specl: Interventional Radiology    Specl: Laboratory|Pathology    Specl: Oncology|Hematology    Specl: Ophthalmology    Specl: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery    Specl: Orthopedics    Specl: Pediatrics    Specl: Radiology    Specl: Rheumatology    Specl: Urology|Nephrology    Topic: CPT Coding    Topic: Modifier Coding    Topic: Procedure Coding   

Impact of 2021 Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule on Chiropractic Offices


On August 3, 2020, the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2021 was released. This 1,355 page document includes some sweeping changes to the Medicare program. There are a few items in particular which should be noted by chiropractic offices.

tags  Topic: CPT Coding    Topic: E+M Documentation and Coding    Topic: Fees    Topic: Procedure Coding    Topic: Quality Payment Program   

Coding with PCS When There is No Code


ICD-10-PCS covers ALMOST everything! But not quite! What if a body system does not contain a body part for toes or fingers? What about an elbow? When it does not cover what you are looking for, where do you turn?  To the guidelines, of course! There are ICD-10-PCS guidelines just as ...

tags  Specl: Skilled Nursing    Topic: Claims Processing    Topic: Hospital    Topic: ICD10CM Coding    Topic: Practice Management    Topic: Procedure Coding   

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OIG Report Highlights Need to Understand Guidelines


A new OIG report once again highlights the necessity for organizations to fully understand requirements for reporting services and having proper documentation. The types of problems addressed in this report are ongoing issues for multiple types of services and specialties and for many different payers.

tags  Topic: Compliance    Topic: Documentation    Topic: OIG   

New Value-Based Payment Models for Primary Care (Primary Care First and Direct Contracting)


This article summarizes the new Medicare value-based payment models: Primary Care First and Direct Contracting.

tags  Payer: CMS|Medicare    Specl: Home Health|Hospice    Specl: Internal Medicine    Specl: Primary Care|Family Care    Topic: ACO - Accountable Care Organization   

Office of Inspector General Says Medicare Advantage Organizations are Denying Services Inappropriately


We attended the recent virtual RISE National Conference and had the opportunity to listen to presenters share their knowledge about risk adjustment and HCC reporting and data validation. Among the presenters were representatives from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), who presented findings from encounter data from 2012-2016. They began ...

tags  Payer: CMS|Medicare    Topic: Medicare    Topic: OIG    Topic: Risk Adjustment   

New Grouper Added for Skilled Nursing


The additional grouper for Skilled Nursing, sometimes referred to as (PDPM), is used for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A stay. This grouper is included with our Home Health Grouper.  Current groupers/calculators include: Home Health PDGM (Patient-Driven Grouping Model) Skilled Nursing Facility PDPM (Patient-Driven Payment Model) What is it? According to CMS, In ...

tags  Specl: Home Health|Hospice    Specl: Skilled Nursing    Topic: Assessment Tools   

Use the Correct Diagnosis Codes and Revenue Codes to Get Paid for PAD Rehab


The initial treatment in rehabilitation for patients suffering from Intermittent Claudication (IC) is Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) for Symptomatic Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).  Rehabilitation using SET involves the use of intermittent walking exercise, which alternates periods of walking to moderate-to-maximum claudication, with rest.   When reporting 93668 for peripheral arterial disease rehabilitation the following ...

tags  Specl: Cardiology|Vascular    Specl: Physical Medicine|Physical Therapy    Topic: Billing    Topic: Coding    Topic: CPT Coding    Topic: ICD10CM Coding   

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