Bolster HCPCS Level II revenue with an nine-step supply chain management process. By Chris Varani, MBA, MS Finance, CPC-A As your practice cares for patients throughout the day, you probably use many drug, medical, and surgical supplies. For instance, in orthopaedics, you place an ankle brace on Jim after he “showed” his daughter how to ...
Sep 1st, 2012
By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P The surgical package is a reimbursement concept that bundles all typical care related to a specific surgical service into a single payment. Many surgeons find information about what is bundled confusing, and either inappropriately bundle all of their work into a single payment or ...
May 1st, 2012
With a trend moving toward hospital care, consider chargemaster basics. By Dorothy Steed, CPA, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CFPC, CPMA, CHCC, CPUM, CPUR, CPHM, CCS-P, ACS-OP, RCC, RMC As more physicians head under the hospital umbrella to furnish cost-effective care, opportunities are opening for coders in the facility environment. Your doctor may be considering a move ...
May 1st, 2012
Place of service errors are on the OIG hit list, so be sure your coding is up to par. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has included place-of-service (POS) errors as an area for review in its ...
Apr 1st, 2012
To keep designated health services in the clear, know Stark regulations and their exceptions. By Julie E. Chicoine, Esq., RN, CPC Physicians and their practices are undergoing increased government scrutiny with regard to their referrals and financial relationships for health care services. At the heart of this scrutiny lies the physician self-referral law, known as ...