Jun 14th, 2019
What better way to honor the American flag and all it represents than to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day? Both just happen to be June 14. “World Blood Donor Day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood ...
Dec 23rd, 2015
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on December 21 that its lifting the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The ban has been in place for 32 years, since the AIDS crisis began in the United States, and has been a sore subject of contention for gay activists. Due ...
Assign correct characters and keep the revenue road clear of denial roadblocks. Timely documentation reviews can help you to find problematic coding. With ICD-10 implementation, blood transfusion facility coding is one area you may want to check for medical record deficiencies. The first step to ensuring your physician documentation is sufficient is knowing what you ...
Determine coverage and be sure to maintain documentation. You may know it as adulteration, specimen validity, or specimen integrity testing; regardless of terminology, Medicare does not cover it, but other insurance plans do. The key to reimbursement is to understand the tests, determine if they are medically necessary, review payer policies for coverage parameters, and ...
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John Q: Can you explain the difference among venipuncture codes 36000 and 36400-36415? A: For routine collection of blood samples by venipuncture, use 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Codes 36400-36410 differ from 36415 in that they describe venipuncture that requires a physician’s (or other qualified provider’s) skill to ...