In Coding
Jan 6th, 2020
Use the MSN to inform patients of their benefits and clarify billing questions. While calling Medicare to explain a patient’s benefits is sometimes better, this is not always the first phone call the patient makes. More likely, the patient calls the provider’s office with questions about their medical bills. Here’s how your practice can use ...
In Audit
Jan 3rd, 2020
Coding initial hospital care became more challenging after Medicare stopped paying for inpatient consult codes several years ago — but that can’t be the only factor driving the startling error rates for evaluation and management (E/M) codes 99223 and 99214. In the report “2019 Medicare Fee-for-Service Supplemental Improper Payment Data,” the Centers for Medicare & ...
Medicare’s new communication technology-based service policies have several conditions for coverage. A medical practice can now bill and collect payment for certain non-face-to-face services without the strict telehealth rules of the originating sites being outside of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA) located in a rural census tract. ...
The clock is ticking on 2021. Yes, we know that it’s not 2020 yet. But a year from now, the way you code evaluation and management (E/M) office visits is going to change completely. For starters, you will be selecting visit levels based only on time or medical decision making (MDM). There’s a lot to ...
When clinical documentation gets overrun with auto-populated data, it’s time to redirect technology to better serve our patients. Medical providers will no longer be required to document the history/medical interview during outpatient/office services in health records starting Jan. 1, 2021, per the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. This new policy is supported ...