Familiarity with this body part can serve you well in more ways than one. January being Thyroid Awareness Month, let’s take a few minutes to consider what can go wrong with this body part, and how to know when it’s time to see your physician. Naturally, we’ll throw in a little coding, too. Get to ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Here’s what to do when your provider’s documentation takes a back seat. By Robyn Margani, CPC If it isn’t documented, it wasn’t done. That’s the golden rule of coding. As we’ve all been told again and again, inaccurate documentation can lead to improper payments, non-compliance with government and insurance regulations, and audit risks. Unfortunately, the ...
In Coding
Oct 21st, 2009
Long-discussed reconsideration of F-18 fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) scanning of solid tumors and myelomas has been completed by the Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The changes, to be implemented Oct. 30 and retroactively effective to April 3, are extensive. FDG PET Rules Finalized, Effective April ’09 was last modified: July 5th, ...
In CMS
Apr 14th, 2009
A National Coverage Determination (NCD) issued April 3 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expands coverage of positron emission tomography (PET) scans for the diagnosis and treatment of most solid tumor cancers in Medicare patients and removes the clinical study requirement in some cases. CMS Expands PET Scan Coverage was last modified: ...