Five Changes in CPT® Coding To Know Before 2021

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Busy physicians like you have long been asking CMS to revise and simplify its laborious E/M documentation requirements. On January 1, 2021, changes in CPT® coding will take effect that grant those requests. The changes don’t include the radical overhaul of documenting and reimbursing office and outpatient visits CMS proposed in 2018. But they should … Read more

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Do You Know These Front-End Fixes for Common Medical Billing Mistakes?

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What Makes Physician Coding Education Key to Practice Profitability?

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Better Physician Coding Helps You Earn Maximum Revenue the Right Way

  There Is a Better Way to Make More Money Than Filing Iffy Top-Dollar Claims It’s probably happened to you more times than you could count. You’re seeing a patient for “routine” reasons, only to discover you’re dealing with quite a complicated case. Have you had enough physician coding training to code visits like those … Read more

Five Key Questions for Tackling Aging Healthcare Accounts Receivable

  Pursue These Strategies for Getting Outstanding Balances Paid Faster Your organization’s practitioners know the challenges of caring for an aging patient population. But as a billing administrator, you may feel challenged by another aging population—the outstanding balances piling up in accounts receivable (A/R). When insurance claims and patient bills go unpaid for too long, … Read more

Know Why Those “Absurd” ICD-10 Codes Aren’t So Funny After All?

  “Struck by Duck” Makes a Good Meme, but Specific Coding’s a Serious Thing In October 2015, U.S. healthcare providers started using the ICD-10 coding guidelines. But even before the much-delayed implementation took place and even since, this system of over 69,000 diagnostic codes and nearly 72,000 procedural codes has been giving the internet a … Read more

Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Using CPT® and CMS Modifiers

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How Can You Tell When You Should Use CPT® Code 99233?

  Find out How to Assign This High-Complexity Code with Confidence U.S. physicians are billing for the services they provide during subsequent hospital care with higher CPT® codes than they used to. That’s the finding the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released in a major 2012 study. What’s driving this trend? Yes, sometimes doctors … Read more

How Will CMS Bundled Payment Programs Shape Your Coding?

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