Archive for The Month of October, 2007

Archive for the Month of October, 2007

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

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

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Common Varicose Vein Treatments

As more research is done regarding the relationship between varicose veins, blood clots and other complications; more and more patients are having the simple surgery and as a result there has been confusion about exactly how to code this procedure to get the fairest reimbursement for this service. Once you know the basics for setting it up – it’s easy! A good example would be if a patient with varicose veins in her left lower leg presents to the ED and is stating she has severe pain in her leg. One of the veins is clearly bleeding so the doctor will use a standard suture ligation to stem the bleeding

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Do You Know the Three "R’s" of Consulting Reimbursements?

Since consultation requirements have increased in the last year as far as criteria for getting them reimbursed in your medical billing claims, there are some criteria you must be certain that your claims meet in order to justify using codes 99241-99255. It used to be simple and medical billing consultant merely had to meet the three “R’s” in order to justify medical billing claims for consultations. However the criteria for what does and does not constitute a consultation has changed and in order to make sure that your medical billing claims are paid, you need to reacquaint yourself with the three R’s of medical billing for consultations. The three R’s

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Definity Still Definitely a Problem in 2007

The injectable contract agent named Perflutren better known as Definity has caused a lot of confusion as many providers are billing the incorrect code and Medicare and most other large payors switched the code for this service in late 2005 and 2 years later it’s still showing up on medical billing and causing numerous delays and rejections on medical billing reimbursements. If you’re a service provider that is still billing A9700, you could face delays in getting paid–or even denials on your medical billing claims. If the carrier approves the main echocardiography procedure, then it will usually approve the use of Definity as contrast. If you are not sure of

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Wound Closure Medical Billing -Dermabond or Stitches?

When a wound needs closing and a tissue adhesive is used the medical billing coding can be different than when sutures or stitches are used. There are specific guidelines for medical billing when tissue adhesives are used. All adhesives including Dermabond have their own unique way of being reported on medical billing. Consult with Medicare or the carrier to ensure that you are meeting those guidelines prior to submitting your medical billing. There are five basic guidelines that Medicare requires in order to reimburse for this service and many carriers follow the same criteria for laceration closures utilizing Dermabond. You should report G0168 for Medicare patients only; the CPT code

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Is Your ADL Coding Accurate?

Will inaccurate activities of daily living scores hurt you? You bet. ADL coding is something that auditors will be watching heavily and if you’re not calculating yours correctly, you’ll penalized and fined. One way to make sure your facility is well within the guidelines of billing permissibly and ethically is to do a RUG profile of your residents and compare your facility to the state and national averages. You can compare at your facility to the other agencies in your state and against the national averages at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Web site (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/mds). If you find that your facility has far fewer rehab RUGs ending in

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Medical Billing for TB Screenings Made Easy

TB is in the news more and more and if you aren’t already seeing an increase in TB screenings, it’s likely your practice could experience it in the future. If you have a medical billing claim involving a patient that is at an increased risk for tuberculosis (TB) infection or is already having symptoms, a TB screening can be performed. If your practice runs these tests, be aware that in many cases, you can get reimbursed for the test as a medical necessity. When processing the medical billing for a TB skin test (86580) or blood test (86480) due to pulmonary TB symptoms or known TB exposure or risk. The

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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RVUs Made Easy!

RVUs (relative value units) cause a lot of confusion in the medical billing world when you’re dealing with imaging procedures. It’s really just a matter of listing your services rendered logically then tallying them up from largest to smallest. For example, imaging codes aren’t discounted under the multiple-surgery payment reduction, so you typically list surgical codes first, in order by RVU, then the imaging codes. Your final coding report should look like this in order : * 35471 main coding * 36245 main coding * 75722-26-59 procedure with modifier * 75966-26. procedure with modifier Just remember to list the “heavier” codes at the top of your list and the lighter

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Audit Triggers to Watch Out For in 2008

In 2007 the OIG zeroed in on incident to billing claims. The HHS Office of Inspector General plans to issue a report on whether all the requirements for incident-to billing, including direct physician supervision are being followed. The OIG wants to know whether these services met the Medicare standards for medical necessity, documentation and quality of care, according to the OIG’s Work Plan. Other topics include: Other things that will be closely studied in the report include global periods and how they are determined in the medical billing. The agency will also be in the lookout for assignment violations where the physician has billed the patient more than Medicare co-pays

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