Archive for the Week of July 20, 2007

Archive for the Week of July 20, 2007

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of July 20, 2007.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of July 20, 2007.

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

Increase Your “Foreign Body Removal” Reimbursements

Most foreign body removal procedures are pretty black and white. Only on the rarest of occasions is there a complication and most of the claims can be handled in a similar manner. However in the even the physician is called on to perform soft tissue removal in a FBR procedure, you need to know how to code your medical billing claim s so your reimbursement won’t be paid only partially or denied. Make sure in this event you code the service with 10121 (Incision and removal of foreign body, subcutaneous tissues; complicated). Some giveaways that the FBR procedure was more complex than normal will be found in notes and procedurs

Taking the Pain Out of Handling Pregnant Patient Transfers

Medical billing for pregnant patients is a fairly cut and dried process. It’s easy to create medical necessity for the visits and it’s easy to show the reasons for the continued visits. That is, unless the patient transfers practices in the middle of her prenatal care. Pregnancy transfers scare many medical billing personnel, however you can use three easy tips and make your maternity patient transfers a breeze. How you do medical billing for a maternity transfer all depends on how many times she was seen in the clinic. If she was seen 1-3 times you always want to code those visits as evaluation and management visits. One thing to

Multi-Day Observation Claims Don’t Have to Mean Rejections

Confused about multi-day observations? Well, you’re not along. Multi-day observation medical billing claims can cause a lot of confusion. In order to get the correct reimbursements on your medical billing claims, you need to be sure that your multi-day observation billings are reported correctly – otherwise you’re practice isn’t receiving the maximum reimbursements for the services rendered and you’re in effect – losing money. A main rule of thumb when doing medical billing for multi-day observation is to report per day of service. This means that if a patient is admitted late at night and isn’t discharged until the next morning, you report both service dates. The two current procedural

Coding Follow Up Office Visits

Patient history is valuable any time you’re building up your documentation to show medical necessity for reimbursement of any procedure. Any time you are coding for problem visits that a patient has, it is important that you take into consideration any other office visits that they may have recently had. Basically, you are going to want to look to see if there is a connection between visits for preventative medicine as well as current health issues that may be in place, which also needs some attention. Many times, a physician will end up seeing a patient that shows up in search of a visit to fall into the category of

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