Proper coding and reimbursement of services depend on it. Coding for duplex scans can be tricky because provider reports do not always include the necessary documentation. Here’s what you need to know about common duplex exams and the documentation challenges they present. Duplex Scan Basics Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive evaluation of blood flow in ...
In Coding
Aug 9th, 2018
With so many code choices, be sure all related procedures are accounted for. Although hysterectomy is a common procedure in gynecology practice, coding for it is a challenge due to so many code choices. Along with the surgical approach and extent (i.e., total or partial) of the hysterectomy, accounting for related performed procedures is key ...
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2018
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma detailed plans to revamp evaluation and management (E/M) in a letter to physicians July 17th. But don’t start worrying about the codes changing. The letter, released in CMS’ MLNconnects newsletter, criticizes the current 5 level office visit codes, which Verma claims make up 40 percent of Medicare ...
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In Billing
Jul 2nd, 2018
The only case when time may be used as the overriding factor in determining an evaluation and management (E/M) level is when counseling and/or coordinating care dominates the encounter, which means that the time expended on counseling and/or coordinating care exceeds 50 percent of the total encounter time. This applies to non-time-controlled E/M services that ...