Jun 16th, 2010
By Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC, and G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) 2010 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule revised guidelines that define physician supervision of services performed in a hospital outpatient department, while leaving rules for services performed in free-standing centers/physician offices unchanged. ...
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...
In Coding
Mar 1st, 2010
An agreement between St. Louis-based Covidien and Poland’s Institute of Atomic Energy will help end a shortage of technitium Tc-99m used in nuclear medicine tests that began last year when two aging nuclear reactors were shut down. The drought forced providers and facilities to schedule late night tests (when a supply comes in) or defer tests because ...
In Coding
Feb 1st, 2010
Don’t settle for a portion of payment—get the full amount. By Meera Mohanakrishnan, CPC, CPC-H Frequently, the total service/procedure described by a single CPT® code is comprised of two distinct portions: a professional component and a technical component. The professional component of a diagnostic service/procedure is provided by the physician, and may include supervision, interpretation, ...
In Billing
Feb 1st, 2010
Come Jan. 1, 2012, a provision in the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) requires all suppliers of the technical component (TC) of advanced diagnostic imaging services suppliers to be accredited by an accreditation organization designated by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). To that end, the Centers for Medicare ...