Archive for the Week of August 25, 2007

Archive for the Week of August 25, 2007

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of August 25, 2007.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of August 25, 2007.

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

Can Your Practice Benefit From the Auditory Rehabilitation Boost?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have recently made it known that the reimbursement for procedural code 92696 is going to be increases by a rather large amount. To clarify a little bit further, the reimbursement to providers for such a procedure will come in at approximately four times the amount being received currently. This should make any of the providers of language, speech and hearing much happier when it comes to medical billing. This entire thought of reimbursement may be a lot clearer if it is broken down a bit. For example, the code 92626 which is known for the description of Evaluation of Auditory Rehabilitation Status; first

Separating Payments on Separate Tests Performed

Did you know that you can actually bill separate tests performed from your practice for separate payments? Certain practices have been taking advantage of larger reimbursements by doing just that. Say that you have a patient that is new to your practice and they are coming in for an exam. You can both bill for that exam and then bill separate for any other tests or screenings that they will be having performed. Although you may feel as though you are doing something wrong when it comes to medical billing practices such as these. However, the important Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services have been doing a good amount of

Using Place of Service Codes Correctly

More and more carriers are cracking down on medical billing claims that have a lack of or incorrect place of service code. Even with the correct current procedural terminology code for E/M services, a medical billing claim that does not have a correct POS code will get your claim denied. It is a common occurrence in medical billing for the place of service codes to be misused or left out. There are several current procedural terminology codes for an evaluation and management session that correspond to different medical billing place of service codes. When using CPT 99341 (Home visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient) through 99350

The Sensitive Issue of Handling Hard Copies

A question that comes up often is exactly how should a medical practice dispose of the hard copies of files? The answer isn’t rocket science, shredding is the only good answer. When you are ready to dispose of hard copies medical files, anything with a patient’s name on it should be shredded. If you don’t have the staff available and you don’t want to invest in an industrial-sized shredder, a good alternative would be to hire an outside shredding service that will either come to your offices and shred on site; or pick up your files, lock and store them in sealed containers and put them on a closed end

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