Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

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...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
Jul 9th, 2018
A former fraud investigator for Anthem, Inc. is one of five people indicted on federal healthcare fraud charges. Those indicted participated in a multi-year scheme to commit fraud against at least eight health insurance companies. The fraud investigat...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Jul 9th, 2018
The New Jersey (NJ) governor signed a new law designed to curb the impact of costly “surprise” medical bills when a patient sees a non-participating provider during an admission. The bill is quite complex but tries to balance the needs of  patients, ...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Jul 2nd, 2018
The only case when time may be used as the overriding factor in determining an evaluation and management (E/M) level is when counseling and/or coordinating care dominates the encounter, which means that the time expended on counseling and/or coordinat...