Jun 1st, 2012
Before you code, know its basics. By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC When it comes to procedure coding, radiology is a world of its own, unlike either evaluation and management (E/M) encounters or surgery. If you are unfamiliar with radiology, here are some basic things to know before you code. Learn the Language It ...
In Billing
Oct 1st, 2010
Physicians and non-physician practitioners (NPPs) submitting claims for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued, Sept. 17, changes to payment files in the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB). Medicare contractors will process Part B claims using these updated payment files, but are not ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
Quarterly updates to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (ASC PS) for separately paid drugs and biologicals, covered surgical procedures, and ancillary services have been released to Medicare contractors. The updates include one newly created pass-through device HCPCS Level II code, five newly created drug HCPCS Level II codes, and six ...
In Billing
Jul 23rd, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has merged the magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) national coverage determination (NCD) into the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) NCD. The effect of this change maintains existing national coverage for both MRI and MRA, and eliminates the non-coverage language for MRA. Effective for claims with service dates on or ...
In Billing
May 14th, 2010
A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or Health Reform law, further reduces payment for the technical component (TC) of multiple diagnostic imaging procedures beginning July 1. HCR: Technical Component Reduction Effective July 1 was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by admin aapc...