This year has been a big one for bunionectomy coding, with two codes being added, six revised, and three deleted. Proper names for various procedures were removed, and “with or without sesamoidectomy” was changed to “sesamoidectomy, when performed” for clarification purposes. The fact that there More..
The 2018 updates to CPT® and ICT-10 mean plenty of changes are in store for your lab and pathology practice. Coders, providers, billers, managers, collectors and clinicians need to be brought up to speed on these revised codes. Coding expert Ellen Garver explained the changes More..
Each year CPT® codes are revised and updated to accommodate current terminology, technology and practice. And 2018 is no different: According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the new year will see a number of code changes taking effect. Keeping up with the vast number More..
The 2018 changes to the CPT® codes include many that cover internal medicine. Office and practice managers, coders and billers need to be aware of these changes and integrate them into their practices. Internal medicine CPT® codes for 2018 include a new section of diagnosis More..
Orthopedic coding is always tricky because joints are some of the complex parts of the body. But CPT guidelines, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Global Service Data, and the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits don’t seem to make life any easier for the More..
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in November published its final Medicare physician fee schedule rule for calendar year 2018, and clinic administrators, coders, financial analysts, compliance personnel, claims transaction personnel and charge masters involved in provider-based clinics need to pay close attention More..
Is Amazon’s AWS HIPAA-compliant? That’s a good question with an evolving answer, and a pertinent question, too, since, according to Amazon, “A large and growing number of healthcare providers, payers and IT professionals are using AWS’s utility-based cloud services to process, store, and transmit PHI.” More..
About 715,000 people died in U.S. hospitals in the last year of data, according to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) most recent estimates, and healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) result in billions of dollars in excess costs each year. HAIs are a top priority for More..
With all the advances in technology and the seemingly daily addition of dozens of apps, it can be hard to find someone who doesn’t communicate by texting. The medical profession is quickly adopting texting as a way to communicate with patients, but not without serious More..
Telemedicine is rapidly becoming a fixture on the American health care landscape. Indeed, telemedicine is increasingly being seen as a need, not a want, and compliance officers, IT personnel, coders and hospital administrators who tune into this trend can find new ways to build their More..