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New ICD-10 Codes Include ‘Bizarre’ Ones Rarely Used in Medical Practice Coding and Billing

2013-06-27T10:14:10+00:00

The growing pains of transitioning to ICD-10 can only be surpassed by the pain of adding a slew of new codes that are far from the standard run of the mill ones you utilize every day. Among the 68,000 new ICD-10-CM diagnosis and procedure codes (compared to 18,000 in ICD-9), CMS has created ICD-10 codes that are considered by some to be among the most bizarre. In fact, Power Your Practice has gone one step further to create the "Awards for the Most Bizarre ICD-10 codes." Bizarre or not, these more specific codes are provided as an example of how much [...]

New ICD-10 Codes Include ‘Bizarre’ Ones Rarely Used in Medical Practice Coding and Billing2013-06-27T10:14:10+00:00

Radiology at Risk: Radiology Coding Expertise Reduces Overpayments, Audits

2013-06-25T10:00:38+00:00

This year's OIG report includes priorities for finding fraud and waste in Medicare, which continues to include imaging services. Bottom line, your diagnostic radiology group's medical practice billing is under closer examination. If there was ever a time when you needed a healthcare revenue cycle management team that understands the nuances of radiology billing, coding and collections, it's now, when CMS is increasing audits resulting from overpayments. The federal government's goal is to cut the Medicare FFS improper payment rate by half and reduce overall payment errors by $50 billion nationwide. OIG is reviewing Medicare payments for high-cost diagnostic radiology tests [...]

Radiology at Risk: Radiology Coding Expertise Reduces Overpayments, Audits2013-06-25T10:00:38+00:00

Heightened Overpayment Risk Mitigated with Emergency Coding Expertise

2013-06-20T09:32:00+00:00

In emergency medicine, you're at risk every day. With the dizzying array of procedures conducted in the ER, chances are good that inadequate, noncompliant documentation in medical practice billing will result leading to overbilling and high paid claim error rates. And with PPACA phasing in and ICD-10 looming...it's enough to make you feel faint and need a gurney in your own department. If there was ever a time when you needed a healthcare revenue cycle management team that understands the intricate nuances of emergency medicine coding, billing and collections, it's now, when CMS is increasing audits resulting from overpayments. When it [...]

Heightened Overpayment Risk Mitigated with Emergency Coding Expertise2013-06-20T09:32:00+00:00

At Risk? Reduce Overbilling Audits with Neurosurgery Coding Expertise

2013-06-18T08:55:00+00:00

Scalpel. If there was ever a better time to perform surgery on your neurosurgery coding, it's now. Why? Your practice is at increased risk for overpayments and high paid claim error rates. A cerebral analysis of your neurosurgery billing will minimize your risk. If you haven't felt the effects of increased federal government scrutiny of your neurosurgery coding, you very well might—and soon. CMS has increased medical practice audits across the board resulting from overpayments. The right healthcare revenue cycle management team will understand your unique neurosurgery billing nuances as the government continues to cut the Medicare FFS improper payment rate [...]

At Risk? Reduce Overbilling Audits with Neurosurgery Coding Expertise2013-06-18T08:55:00+00:00

Reduce Risk of Total Joint Overpayment Audits with Orthopedic Coding Expertise

2013-06-13T12:04:26+00:00

Your medical practice is under scrutiny. That's because both state and federal agencies are lowering the boom on overpayments. If there was ever a time when you needed a healthcare revenue cycle management team that understands the intricacies of orthopedic coding, billing and collections, it's now, when CMS has increased audits resulting from overpayments. Since 2010, the federal government's goal has been to cut the Medicare FFS improper payment rate and reduce overall payment errors. Among those areas in the spotlight within orthopedic physician medical billing is total joint replacement surgeries and documentation of their medical necessity. This isn't to say [...]

Reduce Risk of Total Joint Overpayment Audits with Orthopedic Coding Expertise2013-06-13T12:04:26+00:00

ICD-10 Conversion Adds Codes, Detail to Emergency Medicine Revenue Cycle Management

2013-06-11T09:33:37+00:00

Within all the layers of detailed information you’re learning as you begin to convert your medical practice billing and coding to ICD-10 are the 68,000 diagnosis codes that include those you may not refer to every day. Say, for example, ICD-10’s introduction of 312 codes for injuries by animals. They include: W5922XA: Struck by a turtle, initial encounter W5609XA: Other contact with dolphin, initial encounter W58.11XA: Bitten by a crocodile, initial encounter W58.01XA: Bitten by alligator, initial encounter Then there are those for even more specific circumstances: X52XXXD: Prolonged stay in weightless environment, subsequent encounter V91.07XA: Burn due to water skis [...]

ICD-10 Conversion Adds Codes, Detail to Emergency Medicine Revenue Cycle Management2013-06-11T09:33:37+00:00

ICD-10 Unveils Challenges, Opportunities for Diagnostic Radiology Revenue Cycle Management

2013-06-06T09:20:44+00:00

Coding for injuries such as fractures is among the biggest challenges facing Diagnostic Radiologists as ICD-9 transitions to ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2014. To give you an idea of the shift, compare all codes related to fractures of the radius: ICD-9 included 32 codes. ICD-10-CM has 1,731. The jump from 16,000 codes in ICD-9 to 68,000 codes in ICD-10-CM is resulting from a greater amount of information that’s required about the acuity of the patient and correlating disease process. Fracture codes will be much more detailed, including which limb it is, the fracture displaced or non-displaced, for example. They will have [...]

ICD-10 Unveils Challenges, Opportunities for Diagnostic Radiology Revenue Cycle Management2013-06-06T09:20:44+00:00

MedRev Index Harnesses the Power of Your Medical Practice Revenue Cycle Management During ICD-10 Transition

2013-06-04T09:07:43+00:00

As your practice prepares for the ICD-10 conversion, your medical practice revenue cycle management and ultimately your bottom line hang in the balance. Revenue stream needs to continue uninterrupted before, during and after the Oct. 1, 2014 ICD-10 conversion deadline. But how is this possible when the ICD-10 conversion means significant changes to office procedures that can affect every aspect of business operations including your medical practice billing and coding? Medical record documentation will increase too. You and coders will need to collect and document more data on patients to justify all codes submitted for claims. During this conversion, said to [...]

MedRev Index Harnesses the Power of Your Medical Practice Revenue Cycle Management During ICD-10 Transition2013-06-04T09:07:43+00:00