In Billing
Oct 18th, 2019
The government is keeping a close eye on how you are coding claims. Are you? The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan this month with new watch items that pertain to Medicare. At press time, there were five additional items the OIG intends to pursue in 2020. OIG Work Plan items ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Take a longtime coder’s advice for how to ignite (or reignite) your love of medical coding. Whether you are just starting out in medical coding or have been at it for a long time, you know that careers (much like relationships) require a lot of work. Maybe you’ve been coding for a long time and ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Part 2: Strengthen your ICD-10-PCS coding for lumbar spinal fusion procedures. Coding spinal fusion in an outpatient or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting with CPT® is very different than coding spinal fusion in the inpatient setting with ICD-10-PCS. For example, as illustrated in Figure 1, CPT® divides the spine into three columns: Anterior (anterior two-thirds ...
In Coding
Oct 9th, 2019
Prevalence and risk require targeted diagnostic testing. Onychomycosis (tinea unguium), or fungal infection of the nail, causes almost half of all nail pathologies worldwide. It is a progressive infection of the nail characterized by thickening with degrees of white to yellow-brown discoloration and separation of the nail from the nail bed. Here’s why molecular testing ...
In Coding
Oct 7th, 2019
Don’t let insufficient documentation lead you astray. How many times has a provider asked you, “What do I need to document to get a 99215?” All too often, medical coders feel they should help their providers understand what elements of documentation are needed to warrant the higher level evaluation and management (E/M) service. Do not ...