Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Aug 7th, 2018
In a time when many scoff at the potential of being levied steep penalties for violation of HIPAA rules, a judge just upheld a fine that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued in 2017 for Texas-based MD Anderson’s use of unencrypted ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In CMS
Aug 6th, 2018
Besides taking a machete to E/M reimbursement and the way Medicare looks at E/M services, the current administration has proposed some large changes in the way Medicare pays doctors. They have also proposed ways that hospital facilities disclose pric...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Audit
Jul 17th, 2018
  Proposed changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2019 will change proposed reimbursement single evaluation and management (E/M) rates. Here’s a way for medical coders to see how much the new routes may affect your workplace’s ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Jul 13th, 2018
There are times when a physician will be performing both covered and non-covered procedures at the same operative session. For example, the surgeon may be performing a septoplasty for a deviated septum (J34.2) and nasal obstruction (J34.89), which is ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In CMS
Jul 13th, 2018
The Federal Register scheduled for publication on July 27, 2018 will include a proposal for a single E/M payment for new outpatient services, and a different single E/M payment for established outpatient E/M services, regardless of the E/M level subm...