Nov 1st, 2012
By David Lane, PhD, CHC, CPC, CAPPM “Compliance” often conjures up images of boring lectures, law enforcement, huge fines, scary “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” mentality, and worse. In reality, compliance is an integral part of the health field. And with health care reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC, CPC-I Proper application of evaluation and management codes (E/M) codes and modifier 25 Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service has been a longtime challenge for physician coders. More recently, the appropriate assignment of E/M service ...
Mar 1st, 2007
Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC Medicare’s modernization act and the 2006 tax relief legislation that rolled back the negative Medicare conversion factor give a temporary reprieve to the “TC” technical component when an independent lab furnishes the pathology services as part of a business arrangement. The stay comes to a close on Dec. 31, 2007, which is quite a lengthy extension given that the ...