Modifiers have been used in urological coding for many years to obtain correct payments for services provided. Recently, the office of the Inspector General (OIG), in its review of the use of modifiers have discovered errors in the use of some of the most commonly used modifiers that have resulted in overpayments to urologists and other providers. Because of this, CPT® and CMS and their medical agencies have increased their surveillance of the use of all modifiers. New modifiers have been installed to clarify the use of certain codes and procedures and to limit use of some modifiers. Certain modifiers have been identified for special observation and investigation as to their correct usage.
This audio session by expert speaker Michael A. Ferragamo, MD, FACS, will provide you the necessary information to avoid misuse of specific modifiers and to understand the overall use of modifiers in general. You’ll also get a clear explanation on strategies to avoid denials and to insure proper payments. Plus, you’ll get tips on coding new and old modifiers with many clinical examples. This session will give you a clear idea of when to and when not to use modifiers with all the important criteria for modifier use.
Who should attend?
Dr. Michael A. Ferragamo, Jr., MD, FACS, is the former chief of urology of Hempstead Medical Center and of Franklin Medical Center of Long Island, New York, and presently is assistant clinical professor of urology, State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine. Michael is a consulting editor for Urology Coding Alert and is a coding consultant for many private practices across the United States as...
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