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Q/A: What if my Patient Refuses to Fill out the Outcome Assessment Questionnaire?

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Question: What if my Medicare patient refuses to fill out the outcome assessment questionnaire? Answer: Inform the patient that Medicare requires that you demonstrate functional improvement in order for them to determine if the care is medically necessary. In other words, they may have to pay for the care out of pocket if ...

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Q/A: What do I Need to Document for Periodic Adjustments on a Medicare Patient?

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Question: What type of documentation is required for a Medicare patient with degenerative joint disease who get adjusted once or twice a month for occasional flare-ups of the D. J. D. region? The noted adjustments give good relief of the patient's symptoms. Answer: There is no question that these adjustments would be considered ...

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Electrical Stimulation and Electromagnetic Therapy Devices

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Electrical Stimulation and Electromagnetic Therapy Devices can be used for pain, muscle atrophy, help spinal cord injuries, treat symptoms caused by other medical conditions and can be used in the treatment of wounds. This Regence BC/BS article lists codes and devices and gives guidance on coding from Medicare Advantage viewpoint.

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Auditing Chiropractic Services

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Chiropractic is unique from other types of health care and auditors need to be aware of the nuances of this field. Chiropractic has become the focus of more and more audits as doctors seem to struggle to create records that properly support the care provided to the patient throughout the entire episode.

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When is 97112 Neuromuscular Re-education Billable?

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Q: I just received a note from an attorney regarding a patient who was rear ended about 40 mph and ended up with neuropathy in her upper and lower extremities. We treated her for about 3 months after previous care failed to give much relief. I used flexion distraction and deep muscle stimulation to break up adhesions from the injury and used the 97112 code of neuromuscular re-education. The insurance company said that code was not warranted for her spinal sprain diagnosis and denied all of the services. Do you know how I could justify it? It greatly improved her condition with each visit and the patient said we provided the greatest relief she received.

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Traumatic Subluxation Coding Controversy

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There has been some controversy over the use of the ICD-10-CM subluxation codes commonly referred to as traumatic (S13.1-, S23.1-, and S33.1-). Are they appropriate for chiropractors to use? The answer to that question is complicated. The problem basically lies in the lack of official guidance and differing opinions on ...

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Proving Medical Necessity and Functional Improvement

Medicare is required by law to pay for care that is medically necessary. Medicare considers functional improvement to be the primary indicator of medical necessity for chiropractic care. It is up to you, the doctor, to prove functional improvement and medical necessity with your documentation. Dr. Short will show you how to use common practice tools to document functional improvement, medical necessity and maximum medical improvement.

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Confusing Codes for Chiropractors - 97110 versus 97112 versus 97530

In this webinar, you'll get a deep dive into three therapeutic procedure codes. Dr. Gwilliam, a chiropractor and certified professional coder, will take you thorough the ins and outs of therapeutic exercises, activities, and neuromuscular reeducation. They will be compared and contrasted with examples to make sure everyone leaves with the confidence to document and bill them correctly.

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Chiropractic Manipulative Treatment (CMT) Coding and Documentation (Part 1)

The most used codes in chiropractic are 98940, 98941, 98942, and 98943. In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam will go over the fundamentals of these codes and make sure you are proficient with them. They probably play a bigger part of your practice than any other code, so it is worth it to make sure you are reporting them correctly. By the end of this presentation you will be able to diagnose, document, and code properly for CMT, as well as avoid common mistakes.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like a Peer Reviewer (Part 2)

Chiropractors only use a fraction of the codes available in the ICD-10 code set. But each group of diagnoses have things to teach us based on coding guidelines, objective findings, standards of care, and more. In this presentation Dr. Gwilliam will review the most commonly used diagnoses (by chiros) and make sure you know everything that should be documented in order for a peer reviewer to walk away satisfied.

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Medicare Reviews

Medicare continues to increase their efforts to review doctors and recover “overpayments”. This increases the likelihood that your notes will be reviewed and that you will be required to pay money back to Medicare. In this webinar Dr. Short will show you:  Why you should appeal every adverse decision.  How to appeal adverse decisions.  What information you need in your documentation for an effective appeal.  How to structure your appeals to be most effective.

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Documenting Diagnoses Like Peer Reviewer (Part 1)

When an outsider looks at your records, you want them to easily find exactly what they are looking for. Let ICD-10 codes guide you as you choose the words to use in the Diagnostic Statement in your initial encounter. Don't assume a reviewer can interpret your clinical findings. Spell it out for them. Dr. Gwilliam, ICD-10 guru and all around good guy, will show you how to do that is this webinar.

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X-Ray and the Evidenced Based Practice: How DC’s Can Demonstrate the Need for X-Rays

Learn: Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction with X-Rays Increase Practice Profits Using Research Studies Incorporate Biomechanical Measurements in Your Patient Communications

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Neuromuscular Reeducation, Massage Therapy - Proper Use, Documentation and Coding

In this webinar, Dr. Howard Levinson (Forensic Consultant) will address the erroneous use and billing of Neuromuscular Reeducation, Massage Therapy and Hydrotherapy in chiropractic clinics. He will offer strategies regarding how these services may be used appropriately in the chiropractic setting and provide documentation and coding information.

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Pain in the Ass*essment

In this webinar, Dr. Friedman will discuss how the Assessment may be the most misunderstood aspect of our documentation and how we can document it properly and quickly so it shows how the patient is progressing with care.

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Mandatory Chart Reviews - What You Need to Know

In this webinar, we are going to discuss what a Chart Review is, why it's mandatory, YOUR benefits to conducting our outsourcing a Chart Review along with the general steps for preparing, performing and properly documenting a Chart Review and its findings. Also, learn what to do post Chart Review - what your next steps should be and how to prioritize.

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Lift the Cloud: Part 1 of 2

In this presentation, Dr. Gwilliam, a widely renowned auditor and coder, will reveal to you the references he and other auditors use when reviewing your claims and documentation. These include coding books, Medicare guidelines, and private payor policies. Buckle up for a wild ride.

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The KEY to EXCEPTIONAL Documentation in the LEAST Amount of Time

Dr. Friedman has been practicing for 31 years and has been teaching documentation, performing record reviews and IMEs and helping doctors with board issues and malpractice complaints for years. With all of this experience in the documentation world, Dr. Friedman has discovered the one common denominator that can help us document exceptionally well in much less time. This one common denominator, if documented properly, will work for every kind of patient, including Medicare and personal injury. This ONE thing might just be the key to unlocking the treasure.

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ICD-10 Guidelines for the Chiropractor

Time for a little refresher. You might think you know ICD-10 now that it has been around for a while. The guidelines teach which codes go first, how certain key words are defined, and ensure that you submit the right information on your claim forms. This webinar will be taught by Dr. Evan Gwilliam who helped write ChiroCode's ICD-10 book and is a certified ICD-10 instructor.

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Improve your Over-the-Counter Collections NOW

In this webinar, we're going to go back to the fundamentals and allow you to evaluate your own over-the-counter collections systems and immediately implement one or more steps for improvement, making a difference in your cash flow, starting now.

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The Most Expensive Documentation Mistakes Chiropractors Make

Notes need to give payers the information they need in order to adjudicate your claims. Do your notes include what they need to see? Can you standardize and simplify your note taking process to decrease your administrative burden? In this webinar, Dr. Gwilliam, Certified Coder, Certified Professional Medical Auditor, and Clinical Director for PayDC Chiropractic EHR Software, will show you how to make it easy. He will review examples and boost your confidence that you are doing things correctly.

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Coding and Documenting Physical Therapy Treatment Modalities

Presented by Evan Gwilliam DC MBA BS CPC NCICS CCPC CCCPC CPC-I MCS-P CPMA May 22nd, 2018 Tuesday @ 10:15 AM PT, 11:15 AM MT, 12:15 PM CT, 1:15 PM ET Ever wonder how to get paid for that e-stim or ultrasound? Do payers give you a hard time and ...

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How to Handle High Deductibles, Cash Plans and Pre-Pays

In this webinar, Dr. Marty Kotlar (certified coding and compliance expert) will discuss how to handle high deductibles, pre-pays, discounts, hardships and in-network vs. out-of- network care plans. Learn what the OIG is looking for when it comes to discounts and offering free services.

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Proving Medical Necessity and Functional Improvement

Medicare is required by law to pay for care that is medically necessary. Medicare considers functional improvement to be the primary indicator of medical necessity for chiropractic care. It is up to you, the doctor, to prove functional improvement and medical necessity with your documentation. Dr. Short will show you how to use common practice tools to document functional improvement, medical necessity and maximum medical improvement. You will learn: -What is Medicare’s definition of medical necessity. -What does Medicare’s determination of Medical Necessity mean to your care plan. -How to prove medical necessity. -How to report this information to Medicare. -How to determine Maximum Medical Improvement.

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