Author "Michael Strong"

By Michael Strong
Jun 1st, 2017
Not knowing the most current edits can cause costly coding errors. Each quarter, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases an updated version of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) edits and...
By Michael Strong
Apr 1st, 2017
Awareness plays a role in recent and forthcoming code changes. Over the past four years, major changes have occurred in mental health coding and drug screen services. These originated partly due to CPT® codebook changes, as well as political pressure,...
By Michael Strong
Mar 1st, 2017
In 2015, the CPT® codebook separated joint injections and aspirations into services “with” and “without” image guidance. This year, CPT® has taken a similar approach with spinal injection services. As of Jan. 1, 62310-63219 are deleted, and replaced w...
By Michael Strong
Oct 1st, 2016
Get an insider’s view into insurance payments and denials and healthcare reimbursements. By Michael Strong, MSHCA, MBA, CPC, CEMC and Tracy Hunt, CPC, CFE Billers, coders, revenue cycle management, and providers often think of insurance carriers as t...
By Michael Strong
Aug 1st, 2016
Part 2: Knowledge is your best defense against up-coding and missing or insufficient documentation. This month, we conclude our review of common mistakes leading to orthopedic claims denials, with tips to avoid those mistakes. In the last issue, we d...