In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Part 2: Know the codes and documentation to help prove medical necessity for gender-related surgical procedures. Patients with gender conflict have stereotyping and depression to overcome; don’t let staff and billing be another obstacle they must face when getting medical care. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) helps to remove ...
In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Use the MSN to inform patients of their benefits and clarify billing questions. While calling Medicare to explain a patient’s benefits is sometimes better, this is not always the first phone call the patient makes. More likely, the patient calls the provider’s office with questions about their medical bills. Here’s how your practice can use ...
In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Consider anatomy and coding guidance to put things into perspective. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a surgical procedure performed endoscopically on the nasal/sinus cavities. The purpose of the surgery is to reduce the symptoms of chronic sinusitis such as congestion, drainage, post-nasal drip, headaches, and facial pain. Coding FESS can be unnerving because there ...
In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) ranks as the 15th leading cause of death in the United States and the 10th leading cause of death in men older than 55 years. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings have shown a measurable and significant reduction in the overall rate of aneurysm-related death. In this article, we’ll review the U.S. Preventive ...
In Audit
Jan 3rd, 2020
Coding initial hospital care became more challenging after Medicare stopped paying for inpatient consult codes several years ago — but that can’t be the only factor driving the startling error rates for evaluation and management (E/M) codes 99223 and 99214. In the report “2019 Medicare Fee-for-Service Supplemental Improper Payment Data,” the Centers for Medicare & ...