In Coding
May 15th, 2017
Actinic keratosis (AK) is a small, rough spot on the skin. It usually occurs in middle-aged and older individuals, and may also be called senile keratosis or solar keratosis. AK is a premalignant lesion, which may develop into skin cancer. Although clinicians generally can diagnose AK by examining the area, biopsy may be necessary. AK ...
In Billing
May 11th, 2017
Recognizing the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s updated recommendations for hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening, Medicare has added Part A and Part B coverage for HBV screening, effective Sept. 28, 2016. Naturally, there are conditions for coverage. Conditions for Coverage The screening must be performed using the appropriate FDA-approved laboratory test, used consistent with FDA-approved...
In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
In Coding
Feb 1st, 2017
The tonsils are part of the lymphatic and immunologic system. They are oval shaped, pink structures in the back of the throat and act as filters by trapping germs that pass through the nose and mouth. They also produce antibodies that help fight infection. They are the body’s first line of defense, and are similar ...
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 ...