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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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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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RT and LT Modifier Usage Change (effective 2019-03-01)

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According to Noridian Medicare, there are new changes required when reporting the RT and LT modifier(s). In the past, it was appropriate to bill the RT and LT modifier on the same line when it was required for certain HCPCS codes. Noridian released a publication stating claims reported with RT/LT on the same ...

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Q/A: If Orthopedic Tests are Negative, do You List Them in Your Treatment Notes?

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Question: If orthopedic tests are negative, do you need to still list them in your treatment notes? Answer: Yes. Any tests which are performed by a healthcare provider, regardless of the result, should be documented in the patient record. This record is the only way that a reviewer or another provider ...

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

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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 ...

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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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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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Q/A: How Do I Release a Patient from PI When They Still Have Problems?

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Once a PI patient is released with symptoms, or without symptoms, and a prognosis of likely exacerbations with a future medical estimation of $1500 over then next 2 years, how am I supposed to release them from care when they still have ongoing needs? We have discussed this with several different experts. The consensus is....

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Coding for Strains in ICD 10

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According to the National Institutes of Health, a review was carried out on 20 patients who had a pectoralis major muscle repair between 2003 and 2011, and the results were as follows....

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TKAs to Outpatient What We Have Learned with Q1

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The release of the 2018 Final Rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) in November 2017 has created quite a stir across the orthopedic healthcare community. In what has been deemed a questionable decision, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decided to remove Total Knee Arthroplasty...

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Documentation for Manual Wheelchairs

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The Medicare Learning network provides guidance on how to prevent denials for Manual Wheelchair Bases....

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Diagnosis Codes Used With : Vertebroplasty, Vertebral Augmentation and Computed Tomography

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Per CGS Administrators LCD L34048 the following codes are the ICD-10-CM Cdes that support Medical Necessity: (Be sure to verify with your local payer) Stand Alone ICD-10 codes M80.08XA M80.88XA M80.88XG Primary Diagnosis Codes M48.51XA M48.52XA M48.53XA M48.54XA M48.55XA M48.56XA M48.57XA M48.58XA M84.68XA Secondary Diagnosis Codes One of the following diagnosis codes must be reported with one of the codes above in group 2.Combination coding of the primary diagnosis(group 2) of pathologic fracture ...

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Should ROM Testing be Reported with Evaluation and Management Services?

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Reporting the performance of range of motion testing (95851-95852) at the same encounter of an Evaluation and Management (EM) service, produces an NCCI edit resulting in payment for the EM service and denial of the ROM testing. Read the article to learn what other codes ROM testing is considered incidental to.

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Orthopedics Webinars

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E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

E-M and the Organ Systems (Part 1)

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Anatomy of the Ankle and Common Injuries

Join Brandon Leavitt as we master the anatomy of the foot and ankle and common diseases and injuries which are found with this joint. We will also cover how these terms are described in ICD-10-CM.

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Coding and Auditing for Upper Extremity Procedures

In this webinar, Aimee will review coding and auditing information for procedures commonly performed on the upper extremities and how to locate vital information that could help prevent coding errors and reduce risk in case of an audit.

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Joints: Rotator Cuff, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

In this webinar, Brandon will review the bones and major joints of the upper extremities (arm, forearm, wrist, hand, and digits), as well as their supporting structures and how they are affected by injury, disease, and other conditions.

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Anatomy and Diagnostic Coding for Wound Care

In this webinar, Brandon Leavitt will review the anatomy of wounds from injury, disease, and other conditions and the proper ICD-10-CM coding for them. A review of pressure and non-pressure, and venous stasis ulcers, burns, corrosions, neoplasms, and other diseases affecting the integument will be presented.

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Coding and Auditing Wound Care

In this webinar, Aimee will review wound care coding and auditing information for wound care services, including proper modifier use, NCCI edits, Medicare coverage guidelines, and documentation requirements.

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Radiology Coding Auditing Dexa Scans for Osteoporosis & Mammograms for the Breast

Learn important coding tips when billing Dexa scans (for osteoporosis) and mammograms (for breast diseases). Coders and clinicians specializing in Radiology, Family Practice, Orthopedics, and OB-GYN will all find useful information for their practice. This is a follow-up from the webinar "Diagnosis of osteoporosis and diseases of the breast".

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Diagnosis of Osteoporosis and Diseases of the Breast

Osteoporosis diagnosis and breast diseases will be covered in this webinar, benefiting coders and clinicians specializing in Radiology, Family Practice, Orthopedics, and OB-GYN. This will prepare participators for the following Find-A-Code webinar on radiology coding, which will explain coding/billing for Dexa scans to detect osteoporosis, and mammogram screening for breast evaluation.

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All About Knee Coding & Auditing

Total knee replacement now acceptable ASC procedure also, not auditing for a year. Knee replacement coding, knee joint injections, auditing using FAC, LCDs, drugs, modifiers.

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Anatomy of the Knee

Coders and billers in orthopedic practices must understand the knee extensively. Join Dee to master the anatomy of the knee joint, and understand how it applies to ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding.

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Proper Coding and Billing for Drugs, Biologicals and Injections

Proper Coding and Billing for Drugs, Biologicals and Injections

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How to Check NCCI Edits Using FindACode

How to Check NCCI Edits Using FindACode

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 08

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 08

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 07

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 07

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 06

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 06

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 05

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 05

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 36

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 36

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 35

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 35

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 34

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 34

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 33

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 33

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 04

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 04

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 32

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 32

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 31

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 31

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 03

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 03

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 02

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 02

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 30

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 30

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 29

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 29

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 28

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 28

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 27

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 27

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 01

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 01

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 26

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 26

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 25

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 25

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 24

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 24

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 23

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 23

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 22

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 22

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 21

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 21

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 20

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 20

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 19

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 19

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 18

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 18

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 17

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 17

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 16

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 16

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 15

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 15

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 14

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 14

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 13

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 13

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 12

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 12

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 11

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 11

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 10

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 10

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ICD-10-CM Training - Session 09

ICD-10-CM Training - Session 09

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Orthopedic Resources

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