Author "Maryann Palmeter"

By Maryann Palmeter
In Coding
Nov 28th, 2017
Removal of a foreign object from the external auditory canal without general anesthesia is coded 69200 Removal foreign body from external auditory canal; without general anesthesia. This code is unilateral; therefore, if the patient sticks a Cocoa Puf...
By Maryann Palmeter
May 22nd, 2017
Comments Off on Changes to Reciprocal Billing and Locum Tenens Arrangements
As a result of the “21st Century Cures Act” (P.L. 114-255), reciprocal billing arrangements and locum tenens arrangements will apply not only to physicians, but to physical therapists (specialty code 65) who work in certain health profess...
By Maryann Palmeter
In Billing
May 1st, 2017
Without a thorough understanding of the guidelines, calculating time may land you in hot water. When time is the controlling factor in a patient’s visit, be sure to capture the appropriate time-based service code. Per CPT®, unless there are code or co...
By Maryann Palmeter
Jan 31st, 2017
Comments Off on New Add-on Code for E/M Visits with Mobility-assisted Technology
Effective January 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed that add-on code G0501 could be billed with new and established patient office/outpatient E/M codes (99201-99205 and 99212-99215), as well as transitional care ...
By Maryann Palmeter
Jan 1st, 2017
Comments Off on Common Billing Compliance Pitfalls
Part 2: Takeaways to help you avoid over-documentation and comply with LCDs and NCDs. Compliance officers face several major issues in today’s healthcare arena. Besides HIPAA, Stark Law, and Anti-Kickback concerns, certain billing compliance issues co...