Apr 1st, 2010
By Janice G. Jacobs, CPA, CPC, CCS, ROCC Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive method of delivering external radiation to eradicate or immobilize tumors or other abnormalities using highly-focused gamma rays or X-ray beams that converge on the area of interest with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. Stereotactic radiosurgery is performed on various types of ...
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Feb 15th, 2010
UnitedHealthcare’s plans to retire two reimbursement policies in the first quarter of 2010 have been postponed. Reimbursement policies for Facet Joint Injections and Transforaminal Epidural Injections remain in effect until further notice. Several other medical polices were given more immediate attention. Effective March 1, UnitedHealthcare has adopted a new policy of noncoverage for transcranial m...
May 1st, 2009
By Suzanne Quinton, CPC, CCS-P, COSC, CPC-I Jennifer Willingham recently encountered a futuristic cure for a disorder that had haunted her for more than a decade. Typically, trigeminal neuralgia is caused by a blood vessel compressing the largest nerve emerging from the brain stem. The trigeminal nerve controls facial sensations; and when it short circuits, ...