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Sep 7th, 2021
CMS is taking steps to ensure those impacted by Ida don’t have a lapse in health coverage or lack access to critical care. A day after Hurricane Ida blasted ashore, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared Public Health Emergencies (PHEs) for Louisiana and Mississippi. Days later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2021
Start by asking the right questions. Coding for gynecologic oncology procedures can be complicated. Procedure codes differ depending on whether the procedure is laparoscopic versus open and whether there is lymph node sampling or modifier usage. It’s important for medical coders to know the differences in procedures to ensure proper reporting. The Society of Gynecologic ...
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2021
With understanding comes passion for this ob-gyn niche. Obstetrics and gynecology (ob-gyn) coding is one of those specialties you either love or just don’t get. Or maybe you love it, but just don’t get it. Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPB, COBGC, worked in ob-gyn and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) for 15 years before venturing into ...
In Billing
Sep 1st, 2021
Reducing denials starts with understanding osteopathic manipulation as well as coding and coverage guidelines for this therapy. Is it appropriate to bill an evaluation and management (E/M) service when osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) is performed at the same visit? We must address a few key principles to adequately answer this question. I learned quickly, having ...
In Coding
Sep 1st, 2021
Put your diagnosis coding skills to the test with this ED patient encounter. CHIEF COMPLAINT: Increased work of breathing HISTORY OF PRESENT ILLNESS: Trish is a 3-month-old girl brought in by her mom, who stated she started getting ill about a week ago. Her mother reports she’s been using a vaporizer and thinks it has ...