Archive for the Week of August 3, 2006

Archive for the Week of August 3, 2006

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of August 3, 2006.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of August 3, 2006.

You can browse this week's archives by clicking the "More" button from any of the excerpts below.

Correct Billing for Same Day Services

Medical billing for same day services can sometimes be confusing. Only skilled professionals can tell the difference between same day services and code them correctly. A good example of same day services that can be confuses involve fine needle aspiration (FNA). If a FNA is performed on the same day as a more extensive procedure, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will only pay for the procedure that is more invasive. This is called the “sequential procedures policy” in medical billing. This usually occurs when a physician decides to do a FNA, but later after the procedure, decides it did not accomplish what it was supposed to. That same

Correct Medical Billing Reimbursements for Power Mobility Devices

Due to the unfortunate incidence of fraud, there are some strict medical billing requirements for getting reimbursed for power mobility devices. Additionally, the time the physician spends working on the extra documentation is also billed at the current rate of an extra $21.60 for the extra time spent on power mobility medical billing. Recently there was an increase in the amount of documentation that is needed to do medical billing for power mobility devices. Medicare requires the prescription, patient’s medical records and any other supporting information. Instead of lowering the amount of medical billing documentation for power mobility devices, Medicare decided to properly compensate for the extra time it creates.

Medicare to Conduct Reviews for Medical Billing Overpayments

The states of New York, California, and Florida are involved in a pilot demonstration led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has hired a Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) to do extensive evaluation of medical billing claims for three years. You may be asking: What does this medical billing audit mean to your practice if you don’t reside in one of those states? If the demonstration in these three states is successful and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are able to recover money in medical billing overpayments, it could mean a lot to your practice. It would mean that the

Correct Medical Billing for Endoscopy Procedures

Endoscopic procedures are getting a closer look by Medicare and Medicaid. The University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital submitted claims from September 2001 to December 2003 for endoscopic procedures that were found in an audit conducted by both agencies to be billed incorrectly. In total costs, the hospital repaid over $500,000 combined to these organizations. There were two main reasons the medical billing was incorrect. Many of the procedures claimed that the head of surgeon, Ma Sundaram, performed the surgeries. In all actuality, most of the time, the head surgeon was not even present. The other reason the medical billing was incorrect was because medical necessity was not substantiated for

Using Disaster Related Codes in Medical Billing

Disasters such as 9/11 and natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina have made it apparent that medical billing needs to be able to reflect these unfortunate situations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued new codes to reflect these conditions. Not all medical billers are aware of them and how to use them. The new condition code that should be used in medical billing for coding disaster related service claims is DR (disaster related). The new medical billing modifier is CR (Catastrophic/disaster related). Any institution can use either one of these codes, no matter what the location of the facility is. There is one exception to this rule. Suppliers and

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