In Coding
Jul 26th, 2016
If telehealth is the wave of the future, we’re still in the Dark Ages. The public has an ongoing opportunity to submit requests to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for adding or removing services from the list of Medicare-covered telehealth services. This year, however, CMS is proposing not to add the majority of ...
In Billing
Oct 29th, 2010
In a new educational article, Palmetto GBA reminds cardiologists and staff  to accurately select the service level when submitting consultation claims for services rendered before Jan. 1, 2010. According to the jurisdiction 1 Part B Medicare administrative contractor (MAC), a review of documentation by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor indicates ongoing problems with ...
In CMS
Aug 16th, 2010
When the news was first released that Medicare would no longer cover CPT® consultation codes beginning Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) predicted that no specialty would see Medicare revenues decline by more than 3 percent due to the change. Industry stakeholders, however, feared the policy change would force physicians to implement ...
In CMS
May 1st, 2010
Heated coding discussions seek resolution to unanswered questions. By Karen Pettit, BBA, CPC, CMC, and G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC As you are probably well aware, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer recognizes CPT® consultation codes 99241-99245 (outpatient) and 99251-99255 (inpatient), effective Jan. 1. This policy change was discussed in January’s ...
Apr 14th, 2010
Electronic medical consultation with patients via email or an online platform can be billable when the consultation addresses a specific problem unrelated to prior visits. Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC and vice president of business and member development for the AAPC provides the criteria necessary in order to bill for these ...