In Coding
May 11th, 2020
2020 has proven to be one of the most complex, busiest times in healthcare — in the 21st century, anyway. In January, we were preparing for a new chapter in ICD-10-CM, Chapter 21: Vaping-Related Disorders. On January 30, the World Health Organization announced a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (i.e., pandemic) for coronavirus. In ...
In Billing
May 11th, 2020
Ever since the publication of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) portfolio “Medicare Needs Better Controls to Prevent Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Related to Chiropractic Services” in February 2018, chiropractic services have been on the OIG’s radar for improper payments. So, what can you do to avoid the OIG’s scrutiny and keep the auditors from ...
In Coding
May 1st, 2020
Healthcare providers are granted even more latitude for use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. On a Friday, at month-end, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) kindly dropped another bomb on us: more temporary policy changes during the public health emergency for COVID-19. We may have this all sorted out just ...
In Coding
May 1st, 2020
Tips to improve and streamline your stroke diagnosis coding processes. There are a lot of variables at play when it comes to stroke diagnosis coding in a clinical office setting. That set of variables gets multiplied even further for those coding stroke diagnoses from radiological dictation reports. That’s because there’s a seemingly endless array of ...
In Coding
May 1st, 2020
Become a coding superhero with X-ray vision. When is imaging separately reported, and how? The relative value units (RVUs) for some codes include the provider’s use of imaging to accurately visualize the specimen or problem the code is meant to address. The most notable changes with regards to radiology for 2020 can be found in ...