Coding spinal fusions is confusing enough, but coding them when the surgeon used spinal instrumentation is even more perplexing. And thanks to the many significant CPT code changes in 2017 and 2018, you have a lot on your plate to figure out before you can More..
Think fast: how quickly can you name the different components of hysterectomy, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy services? Chances are coding for these and other gynecological services can trip you up, as they often do even the most seasoned coder. Unless you’re well-versed in best-practice coding, you More..
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a revision to the Medicare manual that everyone should be familiar with: Teaching physicians can use student documentation for billable services. But the ruling, which was quietly made, comes with plenty of caveats, so if More..
What’s the price tag of inadequate discharge planning? For fiscal year (FY) 2018, it’s right around $564 million, according to analysts at the Advisory Board. And that’s just the penalty inflicted for preventable readmissions. Hospitals also have to worry about the costs involved in treating More..
Non-surgical hospital services often go undocumented or under-billed for urologists. Why? Many coders, both new and seasoned, have little experience in properly coding these services, which leads to loss of deserved reimbursement. Critical: You need to understand the special coding rules and clinical scenarios for More..
Passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broader authority to manage product recalls and request records and information from product manufacturers. Additional funding in 2018 is expected to allow for even more sampling and product/facility inspections, More..
“It’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years,” goes the saying, one that could very well be the motto for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in their new survey process instituted last November. Using “f-tags” More..
If you find coding injection, infusion, and hydration services more than a little confusing, you’re not alone. The Medicare CPT guidelines are multi-layered and often puzzling. But if you don’t hone your coding skills, you’ll face a mountain of denied claims and lost reimbursement. Essential: More..
Incorrectly coding a patient’s hospital status could cost your physicians significantly, even years down the road. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been aggressively reviewing inpatient and observation claims to reduce the amount of improper payments. When you’re under such scrutiny, thorough More..
Is your hospital complying with the rules that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established for standing orders? If you feel less than confident answering “yes” to this question, you’re not alone – but your noncompliance could seriously hurt your bottom line. More..