In Coding
Jan 24th, 2017
In 2015, the CPT® codebook deleted breast ultrasound code and replaced it with two, more precise codes: 76641 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; complete 76642 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; limited Code 76641 describes a complete examination of all four quadrants ...
In CMS
Jan 23rd, 2017
A doctor’s Hippocratic oath isn’t good enough for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): they need proof that every service a beneficiary receives is medically necessary. This proof comes in the form of diagnostic codes reported on claims, backed by observations documented by the doctor. Coding and documentation that don’t align can cost ...
In Billing
Jan 20th, 2017
January is Glaucoma Awareness month. This is a good time to remind patients that this disease has no symptoms in its early stages. If detected through preventive screening, however, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented, according to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). Who’s at Risk? Medicare ...
In Coding
Jan 18th, 2017
Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity. According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated one-third of people in the U.S. between the ages of 65 and 75 have some degree of hearing loss, while close to one-half of people over 75 years of age are affected. According ...
In Billing
Jan 17th, 2017
If you are hoping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will throw caution to the wind and spearhead the telehealth movement, think again. Based on the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule, unless pressed by lawmakers, they are going to take their time adding to this line of coverage. There are ...