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Radiology Coding Update – Jan. 2013

2013-01-14T18:30:45+00:00

CTA DOCUMENTATION "If it isn't written, it didn't happen" Those words have been repeated to medical billers and coders in training classes and seminars for over 20 years. Coding a CTA can be tricky even for the seasoned coder. Very precise information must be dictated to assist the coder in determining if the procedure was a CT or CTA. The Fall 2008 issue of "Clinical Examples in Radiology" clarified the coding and dictation issues surrounding CTA. In order to differentiate CT from CTA, dictated documentation must indicate that 3D images were acquired and interpretation for those images must be made in [...]

Radiology Coding Update – Jan. 20132013-01-14T18:30:45+00:00

Chart Auditing Among Recent Changes in Radiation Oncology Revenue Cycle Management

2013-01-08T00:26:57+00:00

A new auditing standard has emerged recently with changes that are critical to ensuring your records are in order in the event of an audit. Staying abreast of changing chart auditing regulations re integrally tied to your radiation oncology medical coding, billing and collections, and the overall success of your radiation oncology practice. Has your radiation oncology revenue cycle management fully transitioned to SSAE 16? Developed in 2011 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this new auditing standard replaces SAS 70 to keep pace with the growing acceptance of international accounting standards. Keeping track of records for errors [...]

Chart Auditing Among Recent Changes in Radiation Oncology Revenue Cycle Management2013-01-08T00:26:57+00:00

Recent Changes in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Revenue Cycle Management include Chart Auditing Standards

2013-01-08T00:16:06+00:00

Has your plastic and reconstructive surgery practice fully transitioned to SSAE 16? Developed in 2011 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), this new auditing standard replaces SAS 70 to keep pace with the growing acceptance of international accounting standards. It's essential that your plastic and reconstructive surgery practice's medical coding, billing and collections process reflect the new standard. And it's critical your provider complete the SSAE 16 audit that cements their expertise in this area. The quality of care provided by any plastic and reconstructive surgery practice is based on the accurate and complete clinical documentation of medical [...]

Recent Changes in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Revenue Cycle Management include Chart Auditing Standards2013-01-08T00:16:06+00:00

Family Medicine Revenue Cycle Management Provides Revenue Opportunities for Physicians Facing Large Medicare Cuts

2013-01-07T23:58:57+00:00

It came down to the wire, but family medicine physicians narrowly averted a 26.5 percent cut in Medicare physician payments – temporarily – with a stop gap measure that provides for a Medicare payment extension through 2013. The cut was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 as a result of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula overshooting budgeted Medicare spending. In addition, implementation of the Budget Control Act's (BCA's) sequestration provision measure, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 2, has been delayed for two months. The provision measure calls for a 2 percent cut in the Medicare physician payment rate [...]

Family Medicine Revenue Cycle Management Provides Revenue Opportunities for Physicians Facing Large Medicare Cuts2013-01-07T23:58:57+00:00

Emergency Physicians Facing Large Medicare Cuts Can Look to Emergency Medicine Coding and Billing to Help Manage Revenue

2013-01-07T23:53:16+00:00

The New Year arrives with an eleventh hour Congressional stop gap measure to avert a 26.5 percent reduction in the Medicare physician payment rates that would impact Emergency Medicine physicians – a temporary stop gap at best. Providers just missed facing the crippling effects on their clinical and operational efficiency as a result of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula overshooting budgeted Medicare spending – for now. 2013 is an essential time for emergency medicine medical coding, billing and collections processes to support and champion new payment and delivery models that prepare for future Medicare cuts still anticipated. Now, more than [...]

Emergency Physicians Facing Large Medicare Cuts Can Look to Emergency Medicine Coding and Billing to Help Manage Revenue2013-01-07T23:53:16+00:00