May 1st, 2012
With a trend moving toward hospital care, consider chargemaster basics. By Dorothy Steed, CPA, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, ACS-OP, RCC, RMC As more physicians head under the hospital umbrella to furnish cost-effective care, opportunities are opening for coders in the facility environment. Your doctor may be considering a move ...
In CMS
Jan 13th, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is correcting errors in the 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule. A corrections document, posted Nov. 30, updates some language, adding and deleting services, and tweaking Tables 19 and 59. Corrections are effective Jan. 1 of this year. CMS Issues Corrections to ’12 OPPS was last ...
In Billing
Jun 10th, 2011
The July 1 update of the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment system brings changes to the ASC rates, payment indicators, and separately paid drugs and biologicals, as announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a transmittal released June 3. Notable changes include the addition of six, separately payable Category III CPT® ...
In Coding
Aug 20th, 2010
By Denis Rodriguez, CPC, CCS, CIRCC, CASCC Arthroscopy refers to less invasive procedures in which an endoscope is placed within the joint for the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. As technology advances, procedures previously performed through large incisions are now performed arthroscopically. To accommodate this emerging technology, new arthroscopy, CPT® Category III codes, a...
In CMS
Dec 14th, 2009
New HCPCS Level II codes have been created for reporting specific drugs and biologicals in 2010. Twenty-three of the new codes are separately payable to ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) for service dates on or after Jan. 1, 2010. In addition, 2009 payment rates for six HCPCS Level II codes have been corrected. January 2010 ASC ...