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August 26th, 2020
Ultrasound - A Complete Exam Must Include the Following
Published August 26th, 2020|
Real time scanning of the kidneys Abdominal aorta Common iliac artery origins Inferior vena cava Alternaltively, if ultrasonography is being performed to evaluate the urinary tract, examination of the kidneys and urinary bladder constitutes a complete exam. Code 76775 is used when a limited retroperitoneal ultrasound examination is performed. ...
August 10th, 2020
Modifier 50 — Four "Must Know" Tips For Getting Paid
Published August 10th, 2020|
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...
July 14th, 2020
Are NCCI Edits and Modifiers Just for Medicare?
Published July 14th, 2020|
The National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits were developed by CMS to help promote proper coding and control improper coding that leads to incorrect payments with part B claims. It is important to understand that NCCI edits do not include every possible code combination or every type of un-bundling combination. With that ...
February 10th, 2020
A 2020 Radiology Coding Change You Need To Know
Published February 10th, 2020|
The radiology section of the 2020 CPT© has 1 new, 18 revised, and 14 deleted codes. Interestingly, six of the 14 deleted codes were specific to reporting single-photon computerized tomographic (SPECT) imaging services of the brain, heart, liver, bladder, and others. If your organization reports radiology services, it is...
October 1st, 2019
Do ICD-10 Updates Have Your Heart Beating Irregularly? Check Out the New Atrial Fibrillation Codes
Published October 1st, 2019|
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). It is caused by a disorder in the heart’s electrical system. AF is the result of abnormal contractions of the atria (upper two chambers of the heart) causing them to quiver and beat out of sync with ...
August 16th, 2019
Medical ID Theft
Published August 16th, 2019 - Last Review/Update August 20th, 2019|
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. ...
August 9th, 2019
The OIG Work Plan: What Is It and Why Should I Care?
Published August 9th, 2019 - Last Review/Update August 14th, 2019|
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 ...
July 12th, 2019
5 Ways to Minimize HIPAA Liabilities
Published July 12th, 2019 - Last Review/Update July 30th, 2019|
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 ...
April 1st, 2019
Spinal Cord Stimulator Used for Chronic Pain
Published April 1st, 2019|
Chronic pain is a condition that can be diagnosed on its own or diagnosed as a part of another condition. When coding chronic pain, there is no time frame defining when pain becomes chronic pain; the provider’s documentation should be used to guide the use of these codes. ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Codes ...
March 18th, 2019
How to Report Imaging (X-Rays) of the Thumb
Published March 18th, 2019|
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 ...
January 4th, 2019
Nine New Codes for Fine Needle Aspirations (FNA) in 2019
Published January 4th, 2019|
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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