In Billing
May 17th, 2010
With less than two weeks to go before the Continuing Extension Act of 2010 expires, a great number of people are on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen June 1. Will Medicare cut physician pay rates by 21 percent? No one knows for sure what will happen on that fateful day just yet. Speculation abounds ...
In Billing
May 14th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations on May 11 which affect physicians. “Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2010; Corrections; Final Rule” corrects several technical and typographical errors in the final rule with comment period (74 FR 61738) that appeared ...
In CMS
Apr 6th, 2010
Once you know when to apply 94640, 94644, and +94645, you can breathe a sigh of coding relief. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Recently, Coding Edge was asked, “What is the proper application of and distinction between inhalation treatment codes 94640 and 94644, +94645?” CPT® added 94644 Continuous inhalation treatment with aerosol medication for ...
In CMS
Apr 5th, 2010
National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) version 16.1, released early last week, includes 2,054 new active pairs and 1,947 modifier changes, according to Frank D. Cohen, MPA, MBB, senior analyst with MIT Solutions, Inc. Although CCI version 16.1 attempts to untangle several troublesome sets of edits in its next round with the announcement that 142 code ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPC-I, COBGC, ACS-OB Are you new to obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) coding? Do you wish you knew some helpful tidbits to ease daunting coding tasks? The following are scenarios most-commonly asked about by attendees during question-and-answer sessions while teaching OB/GYN. These “real world” examples can help you tackle day-to-day coding challenges ...