Archive for The Day of May 1st, 2006

Archive for the Day of May 1st, 2006

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the day of May 1st, 2006.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during May 1st, 2006.

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

Medical Billing Dilemma – Reporting Two Codes

When a laparoscopic procedure is performed, it may seem like it should be reported separately from the open procedure, however at this time, most carriers and that includes Medicare will only pay for one open procedure no matter how much work the surgeon does laparoscopically beforehand. With very rare exception, you should report the open procedure only as using the laparoscopic code may result in your medical billing claimed being deemed over coded and will be rejected. Another rule of thumb to know when reporting this type of procedure is when an endoscopic procedure is attempted and fails on the patient and then another surgical service is rendered, only the

Looking Ahead to the 2007 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS has released a preview of its payment adjustments for physicians in 2007 and in the preview ,there are even more cuts in Part B reimbursement. CMS projects a 4.6 percent cut to the 2007 Physician Fee Schedule, and explaining this is due to an almost 9 percent increase in spending as a large contributing factor to this decision. On the list of spending increases that was released by CMS, the minor procedures category is listed as one of the fastest growing areas with the highest number of claims being in the fields of podiatry and dermatology. Of the 9 procedures that accounted for the largest spending growth, the following

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