In Billing
Aug 27th, 2010
Palmetto GBA, Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) for jurisdiction 1 (J1), recently reported that the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor reported an increase in errors for complete blood counts (CBC) and urinalysis (UA) laboratory services. According to the CERT report, data indicate two types of common errors: Code selection errors Standard protocol use in place ...
May 1st, 2010
By Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CCS-P, CEMC CPT® modifiers 90, 91, 92, and 99 often are overlooked by providers and coders. Whether coding lab procedures or procedures requiring multiple modifiers, it’s important to understand the correct usage and guidelines for reporting these modifiers. Modifier 90 The CPT® 2010 states to use modifier 90 Reference (outside) ...
In Coding
Nov 16th, 2009
National Government Services (NGS) says Error Code (EC) 31 Services incorrectly coded denials have been increasing in relation to CPT® 85025 Blood count; complete (CBC), automated (Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC and platelet count) and automated differential WBC count. “Review of the CERT data shows that the CERT contractor has been re-coding CPT 85025 to show the ...