Archive for the Week of August 31, 2007

Archive for the Week of August 31, 2007

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the week of August 31, 2007.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the week of August 31, 2007.

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

Aural Rehab Not Reimbursed?

Medical billing changes occur throughout each and every year and keeping up with those changes can be confusing. Aural Rehabilitation has become one major area of confusion since the 2006 update. The medical billing changes to Aural Rehab CPT codes has wrongly caused many people to believe Aural Rehabilitation is no longer a reimbursable service. Medicare actually assigned status code “I” to all new medical billing codes for auditory rehabilitation. These codes are 92630 and 92633. This means that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not pay for auditory rehabilitation, only diagnostic audiology. However, this is only true if an audiologist performs the service and the medical billing.

Code Designations Determine When to Use Modifier 59

When do I use medical billing modifier 59? This is a great question. It is one that many don’t ask, but most don’t know the correct answer to. One of the most important things to know about the medical billing modifier 59 is which code on which to append it. There are some basic medical billing rules that can teach you which code to use with modifier 59. The general assumption about modifier 59 (Distinct procedural service) is that it should be linked to the lower-valued code of the pair. Although this may be true a lot of times, it is not always true. There is a much better rule

The Inside Scoop on Medical Billing for Tissue Adhesives

Coding for tissue adhesives can be confusing because there isn’t one set procedure for this. The coding that is used is determined by the type of wound and the severity of the repair when tissue adhesives are used for wound closures. The answer to this question will be different depending on which entity is paying the medical billing claim. When you code for the use of tissue adhesives, including Dermabond; Medicare has its own guidelines for reporting this procedure that you need to follow to be reimbursed. You should report G0168 for Medicare patients only. If you are reporting the procedure for a non-Medicare patient, you should use the CPT

Gastric Bypass Codings Becoming More Common

As a medical biller, you may be seeing an increase in the number of gastric bypass claims that you are handling as more and more insurances are covering this procedure as a measure to remove the patient from danger of developing more serious, chronic and costly illnesses that can stem from being grossly obese. After a patient has undergone gastric bypass surgery, eventually they will have the band removed. Many medical billing professionals are amiss at whether to include modifier 59 with their claim in order to obtain reimbursement for the procedure. Under The Correct Coding Initiative (CCI), normally the procedure of removing the band and port removal would be

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