Archive for the Week of March 10, 2006

Archive for the Week of March 10, 2006

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of March 10, 2006.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of March 10, 2006.

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

Big Changes for Medical Billing RVUs

Keep your ears open for medical billing Relative Value Unit changes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services plans on making huge cuts next year. Strangely, some medical professions will largely benefit from these cuts while a great number of other medical professionals will lose a lot of revenue. Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a list of medical billing winners and losers. There are many medical billing current procedural terminology codes that will receive huge double digit slashes next year. Instead of calculating the relative value units from a top down method, they will use a bottom up method. They have suggested four different ways to

Insurer Helps to Improve Rural Area Medical Billing

Insurance companies aren’t all about taking your medical billing money. They do good as well. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an example of an insurance company that thinks of others. Blue Cross Blue Shield donated millions of dollars to help poor communities with medical billing expenses. A large donation of $10 million was given to north Carolina’s community practitioner program. This program is designed to assist under deserve communities with medical billing costs. It supports 95 health care professionals throughout the state. The insurance company is hoping and urging the north Carolina medical society to match their donation of $5 million. If the North Carolina medical

New Medical Billing Nissen Code

Medical billing for a redo surgery originally done several years earlier can get a bit hazy. A Redo Nissen Surgery performed for a surgery originally done twelve years earlier should be coded the same as a regular laparoscopic Nissen procedure. The medical billing current procedural terminology code 43280 is appropriate for a redo Nissen surgery. The medical billing code CPT 43280 means: Laparoscopy, surgical, esophagogastric fundoplasty. All medical billing, whether a redo or an initial Nissen surgery would be billed using this code. However, when surgery is performed as a redo, problems may arise. For example, the first surgery may have been considerably difficult. Perhaps there was excessive scarring or

Hazy RX Medical Billing Question

Medical billing denials can be a blessing if your facility is conducting dangerous practices. A common, yet dangerous practice used in many hospitals is the dispensing of medications without an examination. Not only is this type of practice illegal, but it also puts the health of your patients in jeopardy. A medical billing denial for such practices may mean there is something wrong with the way you conduct business. If a patient visits their local family practice doctor, and the doctor decides the patient needs a certain medication, they should receive that medication from a pharmacy. Some family physicians send their patients directly to an emergency department. They call the

Rehab Services Turn to Free Clinic Medical Billing

Rehab Services Turn to Free Clinic Medical Billing North Carolina is seeing a switch over to free clinic medical billing. Health insurance is on the rise in America. Although health insurance costs may be rising, that does not mean salaries are rising in a parallel fashion. More and more Americans are turning towards free clinics for medical care. In future years we may see more free rehab services popping up on the medical billing scene. The Associated Press online estimates that there are 46 million Americans uninsured today. That would explain why there are over 2000 free clinics in the country. Together, these clinics service over $3 billion in eligible

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