March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Do your part by knowing the latest coding and billing guidelines. By Renee Dustman Fact No. 1: Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. (Newly upgraded from second place.) Fact No. 2: Colorectal cancer is highly ...
In Billing
Oct 10th, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced October 9 in a decision memo that it will cover the Colorguard™ test — a multitarget stool DNA test — as a colorectal cancer screening test. Conditions Apply The Colorguard™ test will be covered under Medicare Part B once every three years  for asymptomatic, average risk beneficiaries, aged 50 to 85 ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Anna Barnes, CPC, CEMC, CGSCS Consider patient history and reason for the visit for accurate diagnosis coding. The advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased patient access to a greater number of preventative services. Physicians and patients have both benefited from this new law. Patient disease processes are being diagnosed at an ...
In Billing
Jul 13th, 2012
An ongoing debate over Medicare coverage for computed tomography (CT) colonography screening for colon cancer has been resolved by a study of 1,400 patients. Because there wasn’t enough Medicare population data available to determine the need for CT colonography coverage, in 2009 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said they would not cover ...
In CMS
May 14th, 2009
In a May 11 decision memo for screening computed tomography colonography (CTC) for colorectal cancer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is inadequate to conclude that CTC is an appropriate colorectal cancer screening test and it remains noncovered. Medical News Today has more on the story. Virtual Colon ...