Aug 1st, 2007
By Peter Keohane, JD, MPH, CPC If you accept coding advice, make sure that you confirm the advisor’s sources, since the practice is ultimately responsible for correct coding. In 2001, the General Accounting Office (GAO) released its study of advice offered at coding seminars regarding proper coding and billing to Medicare. The GAO report, “Consultants’ Billing ...
Aug 1st, 2007
Navigate the fine lines between ED, outpatient, inpatient By Sarah Todt, RN, CPC, CPC-EDS Observation services, as reported with evaluation and management codes, allow physicians an additional opportunity to provide quality patient care at facilities beyond the typical admit or discharge scenario. With a close watch, the coder can capture the value of these services ...
Jul 1st, 2007
Matching ASC codes with surgery codes is essential for proper ASC coding. By Chris Felthauser, CPC, CPC-H, ACSOH, ACS-OR Multispecialty freestanding ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) are one of the fastest growing markets in health care today. Many physician groups are taking on the challenge of opening up their own surgery centers. This can lead a ...