Awareness plays a role in recent and forthcoming code changes. Over the past four years, major changes have occurred in mental health coding and drug screen services. These originated partly due to CPT® codebook changes, as well as political pressure, high profile deaths, and changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. ...
Four steps lead you to proper coding and revenue capture. Many of us struggle to bill prolonged services. Here’s what you should know to be sure you aren’t leaving money on the table. CPT® defines prolonged services as, “when a physician or other qualified healthcare professional provides prolonged care involving direct patient contact that is ...
Feb 1st, 2015
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John   Q: There’s been debate in my workplace lately about whether it’s appropriate to report an office-based evaluation and management (E/M) code (e.g., 99204 Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient, which requires these 3 key components: A comprehensive history; A comprehensive examination; ...
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Jul 15th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added two new fact sheets to the Educational Resources portion of its website to help providers who are interested in participating in the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. Finding E-prescribing Facts Just Got Easier was last modified: July 15th, 2011 by admin aapc...
Aug 1st, 2009
Five common mistakes can hobble physician coding in a facility. By Jules Enatsky, RT, BSN, CPC-H The grading of hospitals and physicians is a new industry, and one the public is taking a keen interest in when deciding from whom to get care and where to go. Complete documentation and proper coding not only ensure ...