How to do accurate coding for Telehealth Services 2020?

The government is relaxing guidelines to ensure seniors get the healthcare they need during this national emergency. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a March 17, 2020, press release that it will make a temporary change in its reimbursement policy for telehealth services. For dates of service (DOS) on or after […]

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Newly Added CPT Codes for COVID-19 Antibody Tests

The American Medical Association (AMA) on April 10, 2020, announced updates to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) that include two CPT Codes for COVID-19 Antibody Tests, intended to report when patients receive blood tests that detect COVID-19 antibodies. The updates were approved during a special meeting of the CPT Editorial Panel, the independent body convened by […]

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Understanding ASC Coding and Billing

Beginning January 1, 2008, the CMS publishes updates to the list of procedures for which an ASC may be paid each year. In addition, CMS publishes quarterly updates to the lists of covered surgical procedures and covered ancillary services to establish payment indicators and payment rates for newly created Level II HCPCS and Category III […]

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Are you correctly Using 99291 and 99292 codes?

Critical care is the direct delivery by a physician(s) of medical care for a critically ill or injured patient. The care of such patients involves decision making of high complexity to assess, manipulate, and support central nervous system failure, circulatory failure, shock-like conditions, renal, hepatic, metabolic, or respiratory failure, postoperative complications, overwhelming infection, or other […]

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Coding Guidelines for Coronavirus for Medicare Beneficiaries

In the 2nd week of March 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. The legislation will allow physicians and other health care professionals to bill Medicare fee-for-service for patient care delivered by telehealth during the current coronavirus public health emergency. What is happening in the private health insurance sector remains unclear […]

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Under Coding: Avoid At Any Cost

You may be asking: “What’s the problem with under coding? Aren’t I saving Medicare program dollars by billing lower levels of service?” CERT is a measure of improper payments. The goal of CMS is to pay claims that meet Medicare’s requirements and pay them at the proper level of service. When there is an underpayment […]

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Key Points for Billing and Coding Critical Care Services

Critical care medicine specialists diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases. A multidisciplinary team approach is needed to care for critically ill patients. Though there are only two codes for critical care services, reporting critical care presents a challenge because of the rules and regulations involved. In fact, Medicare and commercial payers scrutinize the […]

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Billing and Coding Guidelines for Radiation Oncology (Part 2)

Billing and Coding Guidelines (continued…) Treatment devices, designs, and construction may be charged during a course of therapy when documentation substantiates multiple volumes of interest/ports, the use of custom-made devices, and/or the necessity of replacement devices. Providers should bill for devices at the beginning of the treatment course and then may bill again later in […]

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Billing and Coding Guidelines for Radiation Oncology (Part 1)

Major Reasons for Denial Services performed for diagnoses not listed as covered in this policy or for excessive frequency will be denied as not medically necessary. Frequency is considered excessive when services are performed more frequently than generally accepted by peers and the reason for additional services is not justified by documentation. Indications not listed […]

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Key Role of Coder in Denial Management

Coders are the backbone of an organization’s fiscal health. Timely coding contributes to timely hospital revenue and cash flow, both of which are essential for a hospital to function. However, coders must be willing to look beyond their traditional roles and examine how they can help ensure the continued financial viability and financial success of […]

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