Feb 22nd, 2013
Dramatic modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules that will impact your practice are finalized and begin to take effect next month. The omnibus final rule, developed to help implement HITECH regulations in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and shore up electronic privacy rules ...
IPPE changes reflect an increased focus on primary care, health promotion, and disease prevention. By Torrey Kim, MA, CPC Among many noteworthy items contained within the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule is an increase in value for the so-called “Welcome to Medicare” benefit—known formally as the Initial Preventative Physical Examination (IPPE). Section ...
Once you know when to apply 94640, 94644, and +94645, you can breathe a sigh of coding relief. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Recently, I was asked, “What is the proper application of and distinction between inhalation treatment codes 94640 and 94644, +94645?” CPT® added 94644 Continuous inhalation treatment with aerosol medication for acute airway ...
Accurate reporting depends on coders knowing payers’ controlling standards. By Michael D. Miscoe, Esq., CPC, CASCC, CUC, CCPC, CHCC, CRA The primary task when coding is to accurately represent the health care services and supplies provided to a patient using CPT® and HCPCS Level II codes, as well as the reasons or conditions that prompted ...
Mar 1st, 2010
Stay current to keep incentive payments flowing. By Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CENTC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC, and John Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) electronic prescription drug program continues to evolve since its inception in 2008. For 2010, providers still can receive incentive payments for successful e-prescribing (also ...