Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

By Barbara Cobuzzi
In CMS
Aug 12th, 2019
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing major payment changes to sinus endoscopy services. The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule (page 53) includes the following excerpt: We are proposing to apply the special ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Aug 5th, 2019
Anthem has sent out a notice to all providers who have signed non-Medicare or Medicare Advantage contracts with them, stating: “Effective for all commercial and Medicare Advantage Professional Claims submitted to the plan on or after Oct. 1, ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Audit
Aug 1st, 2019
Rik Salomon, CPC, CRC, CEDC, CEMA, CMCS, and I recently got into a rather spirited debate with a group of Certified Professional Coders (CPCs®) on coding guidelines and how they govern our medical coding. CPT® and ICD-10 guidelines are the primary det...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
Jul 29th, 2019
Payer-specific rules — especially rules that vary for every claim — not only make collecting revenue difficult, but also add to the cost of collection of monies earned by the physicians. A blog clarifies Novitas’ instructions for reporting modifier ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
Jul 23rd, 2019
Bay City, Michigan surgeon Vasso Godiali, MD, was indicted on July 10, 2019, for allegedly orchestrating a $60 million healthcare fraud scheme. He is also charged with money laundering for financial transactions involving almost $50 million in proceed...