Mar 1st, 2013
By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC Over the last three decades, there has been remarkable change in therapy services billing rules due to legislative efforts to bring the cost of health care down and to pay for the quality (rather than quantity) of care. Therapists must juggle clinical concerns with documentation burdens to meet the ...
Mar 1st, 2013
Follow physical therapy service requirements for new G code and modifier reporting. By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC Editor’s Note: After this was published, G9157 was replaced by G9186 Motor speech functional limitation, projected goal status at initial therapy.  You will find more information in the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Chapter 5. A new, claims-based ...
Jan 1st, 2012
New health care regulations may help bring humanity back to medicine. By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC A lot has been written lately about the loss of humanism in medicine. In medicine, “humanism” means seeking to understand the patient as a whole person (including the patient’s individual values, goals, and preferences), rather than as a ...
May 1st, 2011
How does your practice fall into targeted efforts? By Lynn Berry, PT, CPC This past January, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) published the “Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010.” This meticulous report of major fraud and abuse attempts, ...
Oct 1st, 2010
Find out how it began and what holds true for 2011. By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC Seemingly out of nowhere, providers have been barraged with material regarding Medicare signature requirements. Why is there a new emphasis on something that should be standard practice? History in the Making When the November 2009 Comprehensive Error Rate ...