AAPC Physician Services’ Vice President of Business Development Dixon Davis, MBA, MHSA, recently presented a podcast for Practice Options, in which he explained relative value units (RVUs) and highlighted several considerations for their use. “An RVU is a value that’s assigned by CMS to each CPT code, and represents the cost for providing a service,” ...
Apr 1st, 2012
2012’s bundling of procedures and assigning of “experimental” T codes can hamper provider reimbursement. By Barbara Cataletto, MBA, CPC Changes to CPT® 2012 spinal codes and coding guidelines have an important impact on reimbursement, new technologies, and the advancement of patient care. Let’s review the changes you’ll need to know to properly document and code ...
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Nov 12th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with comment period Nov. 2,  implementing a number of provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act). The 2011 Medicare Physician ...
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May 14th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new regulations on May 11 which affect physicians. “Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2010; Corrections; Final Rule” corrects several technical and typographical errors in the final rule with comment period (74 FR 61738) that appeared ...
Apr 1st, 2008
www.cms.hhs.gov By Linda Templeton, CPC, CPC-H, CCS-P We all know how frustrating it is to complete a project when you don’t have the right tools. The most skilled in a trade find themselves collecting so many tools that it’s hard to remember where the most basic and useful items are. As coders, we are bombarded ...