Archive for The Month of January, 2007

Archive for the Month of January, 2007

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

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

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

New to Medical Billing?

Understanding the basics of medical billing will make it easier to process claims and do your coding correctly, even if you don’t work in the industry full time or you are new to working in a practice. You will hear two terms over and over. ICD-9 and CPT. These are the two coding systems that are used to process medical billing forms. The first acronym is the one that identifies the type of disease or physical state of the patient being treated. Those are the ICD-9 codes which stands for International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification, or shortened ICD-9-CM, codes) and another that describes the procedures, services or

Eliminate Confusion Over 99053 and 99058 in Billing

There were two new codes issued in 2006 that continue to confuse many medical billers. These two codes were created to specifically address the after-hours and red-eye services for procedures done by physicians outside the normal hours. Previously when compiling the medical coding for medical billing, a coder would have used 99050 as a “catch-all” coding. Now CPT has revised the original code and added new codes. 99053 is “for services between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. in 24-hour facilities,” and will be used by both physicians on call and hospitals. Please note that code 99053’s wording to include “24-hour facility” will put a new limitation on using late night

When to Provide Family and PH V Codes

With all of the various codes in relation to the medical field, some may tend to become a bit confused when it comes to figuring out the difference between both personal and family history V codes. Basically, what you need to remember is that the V codes are there to help give a window into past patient history. If there is an ongoing medical condition, the V codes can be used to tell the tale. When looking into personal history, you can find out more about any prior procedures, hospitalizations and operations, as well as any previous illnesses and injuries that the patient has endured. This can help to show

Free Up Your Staff By Outsourcing

If you are finding that you’re chasing medical billing claims and having a lot of rejections, it may not be your staff, it might be that they are unable to keep up with the fast pace of the ever-changing medical billing industry. It might be time to consider outsourcing your medical billing claims. And you can get a lot more than just have your medical billing claims handled. We can provide a complete medical billing service for your practice. It will include filing both your electronic and paper claims along with any necessary consulting. We also offer comprehensive medical coding services. This includes analysis of your claims, coding audits and

Easy Tips for Dealing With Pesky Pessary Coding

Have you ever struggled while dealing with pesky pessary coding issues? If so, then it is a great idea to come up with some sort of strategy that will help you to better understand these codes as well as the different reasons for them. When you are dealing with the pessary codes, you should take several things into consideration including the information provided in manuals, the procedures at hand, what the policies are for the particular practice and all of the supplies that are involved. Basically, the definition of a pessary is a specific support device to aid in weaknesses of the pelvic floor. Such weaknesses or problems will include

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