Archive for The Month of July, 2007

Archive for the Month of July, 2007

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the month of July, 2007.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the month of July, 2007.

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Neonatal Dilemma – Should You Have Separate Charges for Separate ...

The smallest patients can present the largest and most confusing problems in medical billing. There can often be confusing scenarios that occur during neonatal procedures that many medical billings can find confusing. It could be due to the fact the patient is so tiny that many of the procedures seem related to split out but in many cases, claims for neonatal services are incorrectly bundled together. A good case in point would be if a neonatal patient presented with a fever. The physician then did a urine catheterization (51701) and a spinal tap (62270) in the office. In many cases, the medical biller might have bundled these claims together but

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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The Truth About Pediatric PHI

Patient history, or PHI is an aspect of medical billing that has a myth attached. Contrary to popular belief, it is safe practice to allow any permanent office member to take the review of systems and the family social history. These two evaluation and management history elements can actually be taken by absolutely anyone that is employed by the practice. It is ok in medical billing for even a parent or a secretary to take down this information as long as the information is reviewed and signed off on by the acting pediatrician. The only part of an evaluation and management visit that the physician or nurse practitioner must complete

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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With Code 21 – It’s Location, Location, Location!

As you know in processing medical billing for hospital based claims, location of services is everything and you must be certain that the correct place of service coding is used. That is where code 21 comes in handy. Place of service code 21 is used in medical billing for all inpatient hospital care. Code 23 is a lesser used code, but also useful. Admittance of a patient to the hospital will make it necessary to use the inpatient hospital POS code 21. Many medical billers get confused when the emergency department comes into play. They question whether or not they should use place of service code 23 for emergency room-hospital,

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Tips for Getting Open Repair Medical Billing Right

When a patient presents with an abdominal aneurysm, there is usually a graft repair procedure performed. This usually involves exposing the affected portion of the aorta with a large incision (via a transabdominal or retroperitoneal approach), temporarily occluding (stopping) the blood flow, opening the aneurysm, and inserting a tubular prosthesis. The wound technically remains open during this time and should be handled as an open repair. The medical billing code to use for this type of open procedures is 35081 (Direct repair of aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm, or excision [partial or total] and graft insertion, with or without patch graft; for aneurysm, pseudoaneurysm, and associated occlusive disease, abdominal aorta) for repairs confined

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Increase Your “Foreign Body Removal” Reimbursements

Most foreign body removal procedures are pretty black and white. Only on the rarest of occasions is there a complication and most of the claims can be handled in a similar manner. However in the even the physician is called on to perform soft tissue removal in a FBR procedure, you need to know how to code your medical billing claim s so your reimbursement won’t be paid only partially or denied. Make sure in this event you code the service with 10121 (Incision and removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues; complicated). Some giveaways that the FBR procedure was more complex than normal will be found in notes and procedurs

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Taking the Pain Out of Handling Pregnant Patient Transfers

Medical billing for pregnant patients is a fairly cut and dried process. It’s easy to create medical necessity for the visits and it’s easy to show the reasons for the continued visits. That is, unless the patient transfers practices in the middle of her prenatal care. Pregnancy transfers scare many medical billing personnel, however you can use three easy tips and make your maternity patient transfers a breeze. How you do medical billing for a maternity transfer all depends on how many times she was seen in the clinic. If she was seen 1-3 times you always want to code those visits as evaluation and management visits. One thing to

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Multi-Day Observation Claims Don’t Have to Mean Rejections

Confused about multi-day observations? Well, you’re not along. Multi-day observation medical billing claims can cause a lot of confusion. In order to get the correct reimbursements on your medical billing claims, you need to be sure that your multi-day observation billings are reported correctly – otherwise you’re practice isn’t receiving the maximum reimbursements for the services rendered and you’re in effect – losing money. A main rule of thumb when doing medical billing for multi-day observation is to report per day of service. This means that if a patient is admitted late at night and isn’t discharged until the next morning, you report both service dates. The two current procedural

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Coding Follow Up Office Visits

Patient history is valuable any time you’re building up your documentation to show medical necessity for reimbursement of any procedure. Any time you are coding for problem visits that a patient has, it is important that you take into consideration any other office visits that they may have recently had. Basically, you are going to want to look to see if there is a connection between visits for preventative medicine as well as current health issues that may be in place, which also needs some attention. Many times, a physician will end up seeing a patient that shows up in search of a visit to fall into the category of

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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