ASC – The promising avenues for improving the delivery of health care

ASCs, bring revolution in surgical care who led to the establishment of affordable and safe outpatient surgery. Moreover, The ASC industry is ahead of the curve in identifying avenues for improving the delivery of health care. ASCs are a rare example of a successful transformation in health care delivery. Hence stakeholders must understand about ASCs […]


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ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2020 – Obstetrics

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), two departments within the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide the guidelines for coding and reporting using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). These guidelines should be used as a […]


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ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting FY 2020 – Respiratory System

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), two departments within the U.S. Federal Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide the guidelines for coding and reporting using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM). These guidelines should be used as a […]


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Diagnostic Medical Coding and Reporting Guidelines for Outpatient Services

These coding guidelines for outpatient diagnoses have been approved for use by hospitals/ providers in coding and reporting hospital-based Outpatient Services and provider-based office visits. The terms encounter and visit are often used interchangeably in describing Outpatient Services contacts and, therefore, appear together in these guidelines without distinguishing one from the other. Though the conventions […]


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Basics of Medicare Payment for Ambulatory Surgical Services (ASCs)

Medicare covers surgical procedures provided in freestanding or hospital-operated ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). In January 2008, Medicare began paying for facility services provided in ASCs— such as nursing, recovery care, anesthetics, drugs, and other supplies—using a new payment system that is primarily linked to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS). (Medicare pays for the […]


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Ambulatory Surgical Center Terminated Procedures

The following guidance determines the appropriate ambulatory surgical center (ASC) facility payment for a scheduled surgical procedure that is terminated due to medical complications, which increase the surgical risk to the patient. Payment is denied when an ASC submits a claim for a procedure that is terminated before the patient is taken into the treatment […]


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Modifier 50 Fact Sheet

Modifier 50 applies to bilateral procedures performed on both sides of the body during the same operative session. When a procedure is identified by the terminology as bilateral or unilateral, the 50 modifiers are not reported. If a procedure is authorized for the 150 percent payment adjustment for bilateral procedures (payment policy indicator 1), the […]


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Understand Payment Rates and Basics of ASC Billing

An Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) is defined by CMS as a facility with the sole purpose of providing outpatient surgical services to patients. ASC is a facility that, very simply, specializes in outpatient procedures. Procedures done at an ASC are more extensive than those done at the typical provider’s office but are not so involved […]


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Prominent Ambulatory Surgery Center medical billing functions are affecting your practice revenue

Compliance guidelines that govern the Ambulatory Surgery Center’s reimbursement are wide-ranging, complex, and ever-changing. Hence, it’s important for ASCs to hire or partner with ASC medical billing and coding management consultants who understand the legal rules placed on ASCs, including the specialized coding, accreditation, documentation, and reimbursement care contracts. Here are prominent billing function affecting […]


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ASC Coding And Billing: Knowing What’s Important

The basics of ambulatory surgery center coding and billing aren’t hard to master, but they do differ from physician and facility requirements. The following overview will help you know what’s most important in the ASC setting. ASCs use a combination of hospital and physician billing. Although ASCs use CPT and HCPCS Level II codes to […]


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