The 2018 CPT® manual includes a total of 314 code changes ranging from revised observation visits in the E/M chapter to new photodynamic therapy services in the Medicine chapter—and two new modifiers. Physicians, midwives, clinical nurse specialists, coders, billers, office managers and clinical staff need More..
Hindsight is 20/20, especially as you reflect on your 2017 eye care services coding. As you ponder things you wish you knew at the start of the year that would have made a difference in your claims accuracy, don’t wallow in regrets—see it as a More..
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..