In Billing
Aug 4th, 2015
by Marty Kotlar, DC, CPCO The Social Security Act (§30.1.) defines a chiropractor as a physician whose scope of practice is limited to manual manipulation or treatment of subluxation of the spine (subluxation may be demonstrated either by X-ray or physical examination). To support a Medicare patient’s initial visit, the chiropractor must document eight items in ...
Expanded oversight requires action on all fronts. By Michael D. Miscoe, JD, CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CPCO A key purpose of the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) annual Work Plan is to report on new and ongoing areas in healthcare thought to be susceptible to fraud, waste, and abuse. This year, OIG will continue to ...
In Billing
Aug 27th, 2013
Straighten any kinks in initial subluxation claims with good documentation. By Marty Kotlar, DC, CHCC, CBCS Question: I have been treating Medicare patients for the last three years and my office manager recently told me there are specific chiropractic guidelines for a Medicare patient on the initial visit. I did not know that. I just ...
Apr 1st, 2012
To keep designated health services in the clear, know Stark regulations and their exceptions. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC Physicians and their practices are undergoing increased government scrutiny with regard to their referrals and financial relationships for health care services. At the heart of this scrutiny lies the physician self-referral law, known as ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Know the difference between being thorough and going overboard. By Jeremy Reimer, CPC Recently, a client asked me to review the medical records of a patient involved in a relatively minor motor vehicle accident (MVA). Three days after the accident, the patient went to see a chiropractor. The patient complained of neck pain, and some ...