May 1st, 2008
By Cheryl Bennett, RN, BS, CPC As a coder, durable medical equipment (DME) may scare you as its coding intricacies are deeply rooted in Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes and Medicare’s policies. Never fear, we’ll show you how to fine-tune your DME coding skills by digging into the DME dirt and ...
Jan 1st, 2008
By Lori J. Strauss, RN, MSA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H The term medical necessity has been a theme of the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG’s) Work Plan since 2003. On the website www.medicare.gov, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines medically necessary as “Services or supplies that are proper and needed for the ...
Sep 1st, 2007
By Robert A. Pelaia, Esq., CPC Every year at the AAPC national conference, several members of AAPC’s Legal Advisory Board present an open forum session to respond to a wide variety of questions from attendees. For the past few years, without fail, numerous audience members have asked for guidance on the timeliness of entries to ...