In CMS
Dec 10th, 2018
The 2019 HCPCS Level II code set includes an unusual nine new Modifiers that help medical coders and billers accurately report services recently adopted or changed by Medicare. Some are already effective; others are effective January 1, 2019. Modifiers CO and CQ Modifiers CO and CQ identify therapy services provided by an occupational therapy assistant ...
Ever wonder if people really stand up at weddings when the pastor asks if there is anybody who believes the couple shouldn’t get married? Judge Richard Leon just did that when he interrupted CVS and Aetna’s $70 billion merger. Leon, according to Modern Healthcare, told the two healthcare giants they had until December 14 to show ...
In Coding
Oct 22nd, 2018
As we all just implemented ICD-10 changes for 2019, ICD-11 is being worked on. Don’t worry, it is not going to be implemented next year, but it is being planned for some time after 2022, which is actually not very far away. We will have just gotten used to ICD-10 when we will have to start ...
In Audit
Oct 2nd, 2018
If you are a particularly observant medical coder, you’ve probably noticed that many codes identified as deleted were actually promoted to new roles. Nearly 50 codes were revamped to become parent codes of more specific codes,and it’s causing some confusion because some electronic coding systems mark them as deleted AND new. Same Codes Marked as Deleted/New Take ...
In Billing
Sep 28th, 2018
Patients may be asking providers’ staffs, including medical coders, about Aetna’s plan to sell its Medicare Part D drug plan business to WellCare Group. And providers’ staff should also stay on top of the change. Part D Sale to Help CVS Merger Aetna’s sale will affect 2.2 million members as of June, according to CNBC, but ...