In Coding
Jul 13th, 2012
Just six months into 2012 and already over 16 million people with original Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no cost to them, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced July 10. If last year is any indication, that number will double by the end of the ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Here’s what to do when your provider’s documentation takes a back seat. By Robyn Margani, CPC If it isn’t documented, it wasn’t done. That’s the golden rule of coding. As we’ve all been told again and again, inaccurate documentation can lead to improper payments, non-compliance with government and insurance regulations, and audit risks. Unfortunately, the ...
In Billing
May 11th, 2012
Among the many new preventive services now covered under Medicare is screening and behavioral counseling interventions in primary care to reduce alcohol misuse. To be reimbursed for providing these services to Medicare beneficiaries, you’ll need to carefully follow the instructions. For example, before you submit a claim for G0443 Brief face-to-face behavioral counseling for alcohol ...
In Billing
Oct 28th, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, Oct. 14, in two national coverage determinations (NCDs) that it will add to the list of preventive services by covering alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling, as well as screening for depression. Medicare Covers Additional Preventive Services was last modified: December 1st, 2011 by admin aapc...
In CMS
Jul 29th, 2011
Screening for depression and behavioral counseling and screening for alcohol abuse in adults may soon be covered Medicare benefits. CMS Proposes Depression, Behavioral Counseling, Screening Coverage was last modified: August 3rd, 2011 by admin aapc...