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Medical ID Theft

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Medical ID Theft "So, do you guys think you can do something with that?" John asked angrily at our first meeting with him in August 2017 as he slammed a stack of medical bills, EOBs and collection letters - three inches high - down in front of my partner and I. ...

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The OIG Work Plan: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) founded its Office of Inspector General (OIG) in 1976 and tasked it with the responsibility to combat waste, fraud, and abuse within Medicare, Medicaid, and the other HHS programs. With approximately 1,600 employees, HHS OIG is the largest inspector general's office within ...

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The Facts of Critical Care

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Critical care services remain to not only be an area of confusion for providers, coders, and auditors, but also a constant target for the carriers for audit. We can sit back and look at critical care and think of all of the ways the code descriptor and/or use could be ...

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5 Ways to Minimize HIPAA Liabilities

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Last year was historic for HIPAA enforcement. The HHS Office of Civil Rights collected a record $23.5 million in settlements and judgments against providers guilty of HIPAA violations. To avoid becoming part of that unwanted statistic, it’s important to pay extra close attention to five key areas of HIPAA vulnerability. Take ...

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How to Properly Report Monitoring Patients Taking Blood-thinning Medications

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Codes 93792 and 93792, which were added effective January 1, 2019, have specific guidelines that need to be followed. This article provides some guidance and tips on properly reporting these services.

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The Impact of Medical Necessity on High Level E/M Services

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I was recently asked the question, "Does 99233 require documentation of a past medical, family, and/or social history (PFSH)?"  The quick answer is, "it depends." Code 99233 has the following minimal component requirement: Subsequent inpatient E/M encounters can meet the code level requirement either by component scoring & medical necessity or time & medical necessity. ...

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Home Oxygen Therapy

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Home Oxygen Therapy Guidelines

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Nine New Codes for Fine Needle Aspirations (FNA) in 2019

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If your practice performs a lot of fine needle aspirations (FNA), you probably have the code options memorized (10021 without image guidance and 10022 with image guidance). However, the 2019 CPT codes now include nine (9) new FNA codes (10004-10012), one deleted FNA code (10022) and one revised FNA code ...

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Diagnosis Coding for Cardiology

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Diseases of the Circulatory system are found in Chapter 9 and reported with I00 through I99 according to the following sections: Acute rheumatic fever (I00-I02)Chronic rheumatic heart diseases (I05-I09)Hypertensive diseases (I10-I16)Ischemic heart diseases (I20-I25)Pulmonary heart disease and diseases of pulmonary circulation (I26-I28)Other forms of heart disease (I30-I52)Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)Diseases of arteries, ...

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Wolters Kluwer Drug Pricing

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Wolters Kluwer provides unit and package pricing for multiple drug price types: Average Wholesale Price (AWP), Wholesale Acquisition Cost (WAC), Direct Price (DP), Manufacturer's Suggested Wholesale Price (SWP), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Federal Upper Limit (CMS FUL), Average Average Wholesale Price (AAWP), Generic Equivalent Average Price (GEAP). Average...

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Home Oxygen Therapy -- CMN for Oxygen

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The Certificate of Medical Necessity (CMN) for Oxygen is a required form that helps to document the medical necessity for oxygen therapy. It also documents other coverage criteria for the oxygen use. For payment on a home oxygen claim, the information in the supplier’s records or the patient’s medical record must be substantiated with the information in the CMN.

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Preventive Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease Screening Tests

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Preventive Medicine Topics Page Cardiovascular Disease Screening Tests Procedure Codes 80061: Lipid panel. This panel must include the following: Cholesterol, serum, total Lipoprotein, direct measurement, high density cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) Triglycerides 82465: Cholesterol, serum, total 83718: Lipoprotein, direct measurement, high density cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) 84478: Triglycerides 83721: Lipoprotein, direct measurement; LDL cholesterol 83719: Lipoprotein, ...

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Home Oxygen Therapy -- A Face-to-Face Encounter

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What is required for a Home Oxygen Therapy, Face-to-Face Encounter.

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Q/A: Which Modifiers to Use When Billing 44005 and 36556 Together

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I have a denial for 44005 and 36556 being billed together. I added modifiers 51, 59, and Q6 to 36556 but I am afraid it will deny again?

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Documentation for Ordering Oxygen Supplies and Equipment

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The Medicare Learning Network provides guidance on required documentation for Ordering Oxygen Supplies and Equipment.

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Documentation and Orders for Respiratory Assistive Device

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The Medicare Learning Network provides guidance on required documentation for a respiratory assistive device and ordering guidelines.

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Medicare Changes Requirements for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

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Whenever there is a high-cost item, CMS has historically evaluated usage to determine appropriateness of billing and this is another example. A Decision Memo was released on February 15, 2018 which included the following changes: Changes to who qualifies for a device and the required waiting periods Patient registry no longer required Cardiac magnetic resonance ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Mesenteric Vessels

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Mesenteric vessels: This includes Acute mesenteric ischemia Chronic mesenteric ischemia Mesenteric thrombosis Dissection or any other vascular insufficiency resulting in gastrointestinal symptoms Stenting of the mesenteric vessels is covered only when angioplasty of the vessels would not suffice and after the patient has had a thorough medical evaluation and management of symptoms, and for whom surgical intervention is the likely ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Lower extremity arteries (abdominal aorta, iliac, superficial femoral and infropoliteal arteries)

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Lower extremity arteries (abdominal aorta, iliac, superficial femoral and infrapopliteal arteries): This includes: Lifestyle-limiting claudication Focal hemodynamically significant lesion Ischemic rest pain Non-healing tissue ulceration Focal gangrene Stent placement in infrapopliteal vessels is not expected to be often indicated and in those cases the rationale for stent placement must be explained in the record. CPT codes: 37221 37223 37226 37227 37230 37231 37234 37235 ICD-10-CM codes: Type 1 diabetes mellitus E10.51 - with diabetic peripheral angiopathy without gangrene E10.59 - with other circulatory ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Renal artery

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions L35084. Renal artery: Stenting may be indicated for renal artery stenosis causing renovascular hypertension (see below) or renal insufficiency as well as post-transplant renal artery stenosis, arterial aneurysm or dissection. Renal artery angioplasty with or without stenting is covered for renal artery stenosis manifested by at least one of the following conditions: Recurrent (“flash”) pulmonary edema without cardiac ...

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Brachiocephalic arteries

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According to Novitas Solutions L35084 Brachiocephalic arteries (including subclavian, except carotid bifurcation): Stenting may be indicated for treatment of flow-limiting stenosis resulting in conditions such as: Subclavian steal syndrome Upper extremity claudication Ischemic rest pain of the arm and hand Non-healing tissue ulceration Focal gangrene. CPT codes: 37236 37237 ICD-10-CM codes: G45.8 - Other transient cerebral ischemic attacks and related syndromes Unspecified atherosclerosis of native arteries of extremities I70.201 - right leg I70.202 - left leg I70.203 - ...

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Preventative Services: Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

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The following information from the Medicare Learning Network provides guidance on Ultrasound Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

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Non-Coronary Vascular Stents: Inferior vena cava and iliofemoral veins

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The following information is according to Novitas Solutions, L35084. Inferior vena cava and iliofemoral veins: This includes vena cava and iliofemoral venous occlusions and stenosis due to the following Post-radiation venous stenosis Congenital stenoses or webs Extrinsic venous compression (May-Thurner syndrome) Thrombophlebitis and symptomatic post-traumatic venous stenosis. CPT codes: 37238 37239 ICD-10-CM codes: Phlebitis and thrombophlebitis I80.10 - of unspecified femoral vein I80.11 - of right femoral vein I80.12 - of left femoral vein I80.13 - of femoral vein, bilateral I80.211 - of right iliac vein I80.212 - of left iliac vein I80.213 - of iliac vein, bilateral I80.219 - of unspecified iliac vein I80.8 - of ...

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Coding and Auditing in Cardiology

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