Critical Care Service Rule: Update for Surgery Billing

Defining Critical Care Under CY 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule, effective from January 1, 2022, critical care services can be billed as split/shared services. Before discussing the crucial care service rule, let’s define critical care services: the direct delivery by the physician or other QHP of medical care for a critically ill/ injured […]

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Billing for Surgical Assistants: What you should know?

Surgical Assistants Practices lose insurance reimbursement by incorrectly billing surgical assistants. In such cases, the major reason for claim denials is to use the wrong modifier/ not use the modifier. In this article, we tried to cover every aspect of billing for surgical assistants including defining surgical assistants, billing guidelines, reimbursement policies, and accurate use of […]

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Billing Guidelines for Global Surgery Modifiers

The global surgical package, also called global surgery, includes all the necessary services normally furnished by a surgeon before, during, and after a procedure. Medicare payment for a surgical procedure includes the pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative services routinely performed by the surgeon or by members of the same group with the same specialty. Physicians in […]

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Understanding ‘Separate Procedures’ in Surgery

Defining ‘Separate Procedures’ According to CPT® surgery guidelines, some of the procedures or services listed in the CPT® codebook that are commonly carried out as an integral component of total service or procedure have been identified by the inclusion of the term ‘separate procedure.’ The CPT codes designated as ‘separate procedure’ should not be reported […]

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Billing Medicare for Assistant at Surgery

An Assistant at Surgery is a provider who actively assists the physician in charge of a case in performing a surgical procedure. A physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or clinical nurse specialist who is authorized to provide such services under state law can serve as a surgery. Medicare considers advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP), physician […]

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Basics of Co-Surgeon Billing Guidelines

Under some circumstances, the individual skills of two or more surgeons are required to perform surgery on the same patient during the same operative session. This may be required because of the complex nature of the procedure(s) and/or the patient’s condition. In these cases, the additional physicians are not acting as assistants at the surgery. […]

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How Does Modifier 62 Affect Reimbursement?

Modifier 62 will be added to claims for procedures designated as “co-surgeon allowed” when a claim for the same procedure code with it has been previously submitted and processed for a different provider. Claims for more than one surgeon should have each surgeon’s provider identification number. The following Situations are Considered Co-Surgery: Two surgeons of […]

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Adult Elective Surgery and Procedures Recommendations during COVID-19

To aggressively address COVID-19, CMS recognizes that the conservation of critical resources such as ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential, as well as limiting exposure of patients and staff to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The following recommendations are guidance to limit non-essential adult elective surgery and medical and surgical procedures, including all dental procedures. […]

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