In CMS
Jan 9th, 2019
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is no longer an inpatient-only service for Medicare beneficiaries. This change “allows Medicare payment to be made to the hospital for TKA procedures regardless of whether a beneficiary is admitted to the hospital as an inpatient or as an outpatient, assuming all other criteria are met,” as explained in MLN Matters ...
In Coding
Dec 17th, 2018
When healthcare providers perform multiple procedures during a single patient encounter, Medicare (and many commercial insurers) typically pay “full price” for only the highest-valued procedure. The reason is explained in Chapter 1 of the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual: Most medical and surgical procedures include pre-procedure, intra-procedure, and post-procedure work. W...
Nov 29th, 2018
AAPC quarterly webinars are a free benefit for AAPC members looking for convenient educational opportunities and no-cost continuing education units (CEUs). Past topics have included an overview of MACRA, a panel discussion of medical industry trends, and (most recently) “Commonly Used Modifiers in the Physician’s Office.” To access the webinars, go here. Or, from the ...
In Coding
Oct 26th, 2018
The 2019 CPT® codebook will include new Category III codes to describe services related to the Personal Kinetograph (PKG), a passive, wearable devices that continuously measures and tracks the movements of patients with Parkinson’s disease. The resulting data is used to manage patient care and treat symptoms such as bradykinesia, dyskinesia and tremor. The Personal ...
May 10th, 2017
It’s tough paying for medical coding school, investing your time to learn, and finally passing your coding exam. Then reality sets in that you can’t find a job in your field. Or, there are jobs, but there are only entry level positions that aren’t what you expected. There’s hope. You just have to remember that you may have to work a little to ...