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Behavioral Health Provider Types
October 3rd, 2017 - Raquel
In the behavioral health profession there are a several different types of providers with varying degrees and credentials. Third party payer coverage, billing requirements, and reimbursement vary depending on the practitioner’s professional type or specialty. Also, it is important to be aware...
Annual Wellness Visit & Health Risk Assessment
September 30th, 2017 - Find-A-Code
Coding tips regarding Annual Wellness Visit and Health Risk Assessments
How to Properly Report Prolonged Evaluation and Management Services
September 13th, 2017 - Aimee Wilcox
Have you ever had a patient take more time with the provider than they were scheduled for? Do you understand which codes to report and the rules that govern them to allow for better reimbursement? Prolonged Service codes were created just for that reason but you must carefully follow the documentation ...
Auditing Prolonged Evaluation and Management Services
September 12th, 2017 - Aimee Wilcox
At times, there are patients who require prolonged face-to-face time with the provider to discuss or be counseled about their condition, plan of care, risks, complications, alternative therapies, or other medical issues. When E/M services go wild, taking significantly longer than the typical time associated with it, that direct face-to-face ...
Medicare Improper Payment Report (2016)
September 1st, 2017 - Wyn Staheli
The Medicare Improper Payment Report for 2016 has been released by the OIG. Please note that the improper payment rate does not measure fraud. Rather, it estimates the payments that did not meet Medicare coverage, coding, and billing rules. The estimated Medicare FFS payment accuracy rate (claims...

Editors choice articles

Health Care Fraud - Don’t Do It!
July 31st, 2017 - Chris Woolstenhulme, CPC, CMRS
If you wonder if what you are doing is fraud, DON’T DO IT! The government takes this extremely serious. I don't need to tell you this.  I have often been apprehensive about making a mistake and I wonder, will it be fraud? Will I spend time in jail for accidentally sending in a duplicate ...
Pre-op visits: True or False?
December 29th, 2015 - Codapedia Editor
Are the following statements true or false? • The PCP cannot be paid to do a pre-op assessment of a Medicare patient prior to surgery because of the new consult rules. • The surgeon can never be paid to do a pre-op visit if s/he is going to take the patient to surgery. • The...
Billing Incident to Services-Whose Number Should Be Used?
December 29th, 2015 - Seth Canterbury, CPC, ACS-EM
Should You Bill Incident to Services for a Medicare Patient Under The Number of the “Supervising Physician” or the “Ordering Physician”? This issue was first clarified in the preamble of the 11/1/01 Federal Register (available here on p. 23 of the file, p. 55267 of the...
Cloned E/M notes
December 29th, 2015 - Codapedia Editor
Have you ever read a physician office note and thought it was strangely familiar? Or, not just familiar but identical to another note? Well, Medicare contractors have noticed the same thing, and the Office of Inspector General has included this on their 2011 Work Plan. Medicare contractors have...
Cardiology Coding Unmasked - Part 2 Therapeutic Cardiology Procedures, CPT Codes (92980-92982; 92984; 92995-92996), Medical Necessity Issues (ICD-9-CM)
December 29th, 2015 - Nancy Maguire
92980 Transcatheter placement of an intracoronary stent(s), percutaneous, with or without other therapeutic intervention, any method; single vessel 92981 Transcatheter placement of an intracoronary stent(s), percutaneous, with or without other therapeutic intervention, any method; each additional...

Latest questions/posts

CPT Code for Transcatheter Balloon Angioplasty of all four pulmonary veins
   Oct 16th, 2017 - jmoon 2 

E/M on the same day AFTER a 0 day global procedure
   Oct 16th, 2017 - rdinaso    11 

Pterional Craniotomy Resection of Clinoidal Meningioma
   Oct 13th, 2017 - rdinaso    11 

Genital Warts
1st    Oct 5th, 2017 - Thernandez@cdhd

10060 vs 20005
   Sep 22nd, 2017 - sschwartz 2 

Billable units for physical therapy
1st    Sep 21st, 2017 - Ruwi

Correct coding concerns
   Sep 20th, 2017 - cmgmr 4 

Unit of Measure Guidelines
   Sep 18th, 2017 - dlstoner512 1 

Equinus
   Sep 15th, 2017 - sschwartz 2 

flu vaccine
   Sep 15th, 2017 - ciaperek

Annual Physicals
   Sep 13th, 2017 - sschwartz 2 

Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilespy
   Sep 1st, 2017 - jmoon 2 

Z79.4, Z79.84 or something else
   Aug 28th, 2017 - dsmith 2 

CPT® Clarification
   Dec 30th, 2016 - abbyakinleye 9 

Glaucoma Suspect and Ocular Hypertension
   Dec 30th, 2016 - yml3768 31 

modifiers 57 and 47
   Dec 30th, 2016 - Bones0321

CPT® check my answer
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Refunds to the insurance
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CPT® code for RCT
1st    Dec 28th, 2016 - ronic

Ear Lavage
   Dec 28th, 2016 - amfinley


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