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By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Aug 1st, 2022
What to do when the pathology doesn’t correlate to the service provided. The rules for cutaneous (skin) excision coding are straightforward: When the pathology for a lesion is benign, code for excision of benign lesion, 11400-11446; and when the patho...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
May 2nd, 2022
CPT® guidelines offer clues for what payers and auditors are looking for in op notes. When reading notes or auditing documentation associated with the performance of diagnostic endoscopies performed by otolaryngologists (e.g., 31231, 31575, 31525, ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
May 1st, 2020
Healthcare providers are granted even more latitude for use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On a Friday, at month-end, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) kindly dropped another bomb on us: more t...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
Apr 27th, 2020
Capture full payment for remote visits during the PHE for COVID-19. An interim final rule published in the April 6, 2020, Federal Register explains how to bill telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The final rule goes ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Mar 3rd, 2020
Failure to adopt the X[ESPU] modifiers may be putting your practice at risk for Medicare fraud. Modifier 59 Distinct procedural service continues to be the most-used modifier among Medicare Part B providers, according to Novitas, and it is sending up ...