Jun 1st, 2008
By Linda Farrington, CPC The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is the conversion factor or, rather, the potential decline of the conversion factor. The conversion factor for 2007 was 37.8975 and the proposed conversion factor for 2008 was 34.0682, roughly a 10 percent ...
Mar 1st, 2008
Is the Problem the Language of Coding or is the Problem the Rules Associated with Code Usage? As in all relationships, the daily transactions between the provider and payer are complicated and require care. No one denies that each party needs the other’s respect and understanding to succeed. And while the communications are frustrating at ...
Mar 1st, 2008
To help you gear up continuing education units (CEUs) for 2008 and beyond, here is a baker’s dozen list of improvements and suggestions. By Danielle Fenochietti CEUs Submitted Every Two Years CEUs are now due every two years. If you are due to renew in an even month of the year (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, ...
Mar 1st, 2008
By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CPC-CARDIO, CCS, RCC Diagnostic spinal procedures include lumbar puncture, myelography, discography, biopsy and aspiration along with plain film radiography, nuclear medicine, CT, and MRI studies. Put these together with the clinical findings of a patient and an action plan for pain management can be formulated. There are many therapeutic options ...
Mar 1st, 2008
Top Tips For Hosting a Successful Local Chapter Seminar By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPC-H Hosting a local chapter seminar doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful. I went out in search of some “seminar experts” to help us learn what to do and what to avoid for a successful seminar. Make it a Team Effort ...