In Billing
Oct 10th, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced October 9 in a decision memo that it will cover the Colorguard™ test — a multitarget stool DNA test — as a colorectal cancer screening test. Conditions Apply The Colorguard™ test will be covered under Medicare Part B once every three years  for asymptomatic, average risk beneficiaries, aged 50 to 85 ...
Aug 18th, 2014
If you want to weigh in on the next few years’ physician fee schedule, do it before September 2. On July 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) placed the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on display in the Federal Register for comment. This proposed rule includes provisions for relative value units (RVUs) ...
Sep 30th, 2013
Comments Off on 2013 Salary Survey: Coder Employment on the Rise
Steady pace has coders leading the pack in the healthcare arena. AAPC’s 2013 Healthcare Salary Survey reflects an expanding job market for coders, billers, practice managers, auditors, and educators being hired to help implement sweeping changes to the industry. Unemployment percentages are nearly half of what they were last year. For instance, those holding a ...
In Billing
Aug 27th, 2013
Straighten any kinks in initial subluxation claims with good documentation. By Marty Kotlar, DC, CHCC, CBCS Question: I have been treating Medicare patients for the last three years and my office manager recently told me there are specific chiropractic guidelines for a Medicare patient on the initial visit. I did not know that. I just ...
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May 22nd, 2013
Fecal occult blood testing (FOBT) detects the presence of trace amounts of blood in stool. Most payers will cover this service, but keep in mind there is a distinction between screening and diagnostic FOBT. Only two tests qualify as screenings: The first of these is the guaiac test (82270 Blood, occult, by peroxidase activity (eg, ...