Archive for The Month of November, 2008

Archive for the Month of November, 2008

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the month of November, 2008.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the month of November, 2008.

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

How Your ICD Medical Billing Reporting Will Change

How Your ICD Medical Billing Reporting Will Change Next Year Medical billing is improving in the world of Cardiology. Before January 1, 2006, you must contact the ACC (American College of Cardiology) in order to enroll in a new ICD (implant able cardioverter defibrillator) data registry. It is the hope that this new repository will improve cardiovascular care and medical billing. On Oct. 27, 2005, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that hospitals must begin using the new data registry before the beginning of the year. The current system is called the Quality Network Exchange ICD Abstract Tool (QNET) and the new system is simply called the ICD

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Medical Billing Denials During A Natural Disaster

Avoiding Medical Billing Denials During A Natural Disaster Several natural disasters in America have demanded a new medical billing policy. The insufficient relief effort after Hurricane Katrina made everyone want to proactively prepare, should another disaster occur. The healthcare industry has been no exception. A new medical billing condition code and modifier have been created for disaster related care for the present and future. The two new medical billing codes are DR (Disaster related), and CR (Catastrophe/Disaster Related). DR is a condition code and CR is a new medical billing modifier. All Medicare contractors must use the new codes on claims for August 21, 2005 and after. These medical billing

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Critical Care Codes Documentation

Critical Care Codes Documentation Critical care is not only extremely important to save lives, but is also important in medical billing. Only the most experienced medical billers understand how to bill critical care correctly. There are several rules one should keep in mind when doing medical billing for a critical care patient. The two critical care Current procedural terminology codes are 99291 (Critical care, evaluation and management of the critically ill or critically injured patient; first 30-74 minutes) and 99292 ( each additional 30 minutes). Obviously, these codes are only appropriate for medical billing when there is a critically ill or injured patient. However, this can be more difficult to

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Check Endoscopic Medical Billing Claims Twice

Check Endoscopic Medical Billing Claims Twice Endoscopic procedures may be a sore subject for some medical billing professionals. Medicare and Medicaid may keep a closer eye on these services for the time being. The University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital submitted claims from September 2001 to December 2003 for endoscopic procedures that were wrongfully billed. Learn from other’s mistakes and don’t let your endoscopic medical billing get out of control. Not only was this New York hospital audited once by Medicaid, but it was audited again by Medicare. In total costs, the hospital repaid over $500,000 combined to these organizations. There were two reasons the medical billing was incorrect. Many

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