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Critical Care and What it Means

CPT Defines critical care as the direct delivery, by a physician(s) or other qualified health care professional, of medical care for a critically ill or critically injured patient. A critical illness or injury acutely impairs one or more vital organ systems in such that there is a high probability of imminent or life threatening deterioration…

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CPT 2016 Updates Recap

New Year, New CPT Codes! CPT’s New Year’s Resolution isn’t to trim the fat, in fact, it’s expanding! New codes are being added for a variety of services as a result of data collected by the AMA. These new CPT changes are conducive to bundling services together, and to eliminate ambiguity with certain procedures that…

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The 5 Most Common HEDIS Hurdles

Health plans that want to “do” HEDIS should anticipate its common stumbling blocks — and take steps to overcome them. The following are some key hurdles that health plans face when preparing HEDIS data: What is HEDIS? When the physician staff begin to receive timely specific request (fax or phone) for certain measure data. The…

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Auditing Claims Data: What Can The Data Tell You?

There are many techniques to extracting data that can range from reviewing claim line billing data to actual medical record reviews. Relying exclusively on the claims data to analyze and identify atypical billing patterns or potential red flags is always challenging. As auditors we all know that the value of the audit process is only…

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How to Use Taxonomy Code Correctly

Providers with a Primary and Secondary Specialty National Government Services Every healthcare provider has at least one taxonomy code that reflects his or her specialty. Esure that your provider’s specialty is accurately represented by this. Medicare Part B providers are not required to report taxonomy codes on claims, however, National Government Services is urging providers…

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The Top 3 Things to Remember When Coding for Wound Repairs

Wound repairs require determining three separate components before selecting the appropriate CPT code: Layer – What is the depth/complexity of the wound repair? Location – Where on the body is the wound? Length – How long in centimeters is the wound repair? Layer Simple repairs are for superficial wounds that are uncomplicated and primarily involve…

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Top 5 Reasons Practicing Yoga Helps Coders to be More Successful

As we all know, medical coding can be a fast-paced, high-intensity job, and with that comes high stress. A typical coder has a bulky workload and is responsible for ensuring that they are up-to-date with industry changes. Furthermore, the majority of coders wear several different hats in their practice, some including being the biller, manager,…

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CMS Proposed Rule: New Reporting Requirements for Labs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released, Sept. 25, a proposed rule that will significantly revise the Medicare payment system for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs) and advanced diagnostic laboratory tests (ADLTs) paid under the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) beginning in 2017. The new payment system will base payments on a weighted…

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New Patient or Not?

Your group just merged with another practice, are these considered patient’s new or established? With mergers and acquisitions so frequent in the healthcare industry, it’s important to be aware when faced with these issues and knowing what to do with your patients when going through this transition. A few key questions to help determine this…

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Enlight-10-ment: November

Reasons (other than disease) for Services Chapter 18 Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings, Not Elsewhere Classified (R00-R99) Patients often present with signs or symptoms that may point to several “working” diagnoses. These conditions are the reasons patients present for evaluation, testing and sometimes treatment without definitive diagnosis assignment or where one is…

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