Category Archives: Medical billing and coding services

Improved Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) Guidelines

ICD-10-CM implementation brought several significant changes to the OCG (Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting) with regard to Chapter 9 (Diseases of the Circulatory System) I.C.9.e Acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Preparing yourself for coding updates based on MI type is … Continue reading

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3 ways for health care providers to get patients’ MBIs

Medicare has come up with new revelation this time. It is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. The initiative from Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will help prevent the fraud, fight identity theft … Continue reading

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2019 NCCI update impact on medical billing and coding

NCCI – National Correct Coding Initiative promotes the correct coding methodologies. Furthermore, it controls inappropriate coding leading to wrong payments in Part B claims. The CMS annually updates the National Correct Coding Initiative Coding Policy Manual for Medicare Services. The … Continue reading

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Acquaint Yourself with 9 New HCPCS Modifiers

A modifier is a two-digit numeric or alphanumeric character reported with a HCPCS code, when appropriate. Modifiers are designed to give Medicare and commercial payers additional information needed to process a claim. This includes HCPCS Level I (Physicians’ Current Procedural … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Common Medical Billing Compliance Pitfalls?

There are several major issues facing compliance officers today, such as HIPAA, Stark Law, and Anti-kickback Statute issues, as well as many billing compliance issues. Billing issues continue to appear in federal government False Claims Act settlement agreements and government … Continue reading

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Prior Authorization and It’s Impact on Practice Collection

Prior authorization is a check run by some insurance companies or third-party payers before they will agree to cover certain prescribed medications or medical procedures. There are a number of reasons that insurance providers require prior authorization, including age, medical … Continue reading

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Impact of High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) on Medical Practices

High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) have become increasingly popular since the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 authorized portable, tax-advantaged health savings accounts (HSAs) designed to be coupled with these plans. Supports of HDHP advocate that, these plans as an effective mechanism … Continue reading

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