In Coding
May 8th, 2018
Approximately 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and about 34 million more are at risk, according to Noridian Healthcare Solutions. To bring attention to this preventable disease, May has been declared National Osteoporosis Awareness Month. Early Detection is Key A bone mass measurement or bone density study can aid in the early detection of osteoporosis before fractures happen, provide informa...
In Billing
Jan 14th, 2016
A physician may order a bone mass measurement (BMM) study to identify bone mass, detect bone loss, or determine bone quality in a patient. BMM is performed with either a bone densitometer (other than single-photon or dual-photon absorptiometry) or a bone sonometer system. Coverage Parameters Medicare covers screening BMM once every two years (or more, if medically ...
In Billing
Jan 13th, 2012
On Dec. 23, 2011, just hours before leaving for the holidays, Congress acted to stall a 27.4 percent cut in Medicare payments that would have gone into affect Jan. 1 of this year. The measure was part of a larger package that included extensions of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. President Barack Obama signed ...