Author "Barbara Cobuzzi"

By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Apr 12th, 2018
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Michigan is delaying their planned non-coverage of hyaluronic acid injections for knees, slated for April 1. BCBS Pulls Up BCBS giving themselves time to study if hyaluronic acid has the true medical benefit that it c...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Apr 5th, 2018
A representative from the Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a listening session regarding proposed updates to the documentation guidelines for evaluation and management (E/M) services o...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Billing
Apr 5th, 2018
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) did a study of physical therapy claims and documentation for Medicare patients and issued a report this month in March. Their findings are of great concern for the PT and rehabilitation specialty. The OIG reviewed...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
In Coding
Mar 26th, 2018
I often see incorrect medical coding for “flaps”, which were adjacent tissue transfers, 14000-14350. Coders do not always understand that you can only code for the closure of the primary and secondary defect, but not for each flap that is created. Sur...
By Barbara Cobuzzi
Mar 7th, 2018
Don’t you hate it when you go to a meeting, and some attendees are spending more time on their electronic devices than listening? Do you become angry when you are trying to train physicians on coding and clinical document improvement, and those who n...