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Emergency Medicine ICD-10 Success Hinges on New Medical Coding and Billing Testing, Documentation

2013-08-29T15:26:36+00:00

Although the implementation deadline for ICD-10 is slated for Oct. 1, 2014, emergency physicians should begin now to prepare for the future implementation of ICD-10-CM coding by improving emergency department documentation. Not only does failure to fully and properly document a patient encounter has many medical, financial, and even regulatory ramifications, it will also significantly impede progress in moving to ICD-10. Documentation can be vague in some instances when it comes to the more definitive diagnoses. That's why the increased specificity and detail in ICD-10-CM codes is expected to be particularly relevant for the types of conditions treated by the emergency [...]

Emergency Medicine ICD-10 Success Hinges on New Medical Coding and Billing Testing, Documentation2013-08-29T15:26:36+00:00

Radiation Oncology ICD-10 Readiness Depends on Medical Practice Billing Transitions, Training and Testing

2013-08-23T13:44:56+00:00

Just where does your Radiation Oncology medical practice billing stand when it comes to preparations for ICD-10? Yours might be among the 55.4 percent of medical practices (as of June 2013) in the United States that hasn't started or has barely begun preparations. Even if your practice is in the remaining 45.6 percent, you're most likely in process but maybe not making the progress you were hoping in order to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation deadline. Relax, because you're about to read important updates to help keep you abreast of current developments so you can prepare for a seamless transition. [...]

Radiation Oncology ICD-10 Readiness Depends on Medical Practice Billing Transitions, Training and Testing2013-08-23T13:44:56+00:00

Put ICD-10 Prep in Motion for Orthopedic Surgery Medical Coding and Billing

2013-08-22T10:47:19+00:00

Just how does your Orthopedic medical coding and billing rate when it comes to preparations for ICD-10? Yours might be among the 55.4 percent of all medical practices (as of June 2013) in the United States that hasn't started or has barely begun preparations. Even if your practice is in the remaining 45.6 percent, you're most likely in process but perhaps not making the progress you were hoping to in order to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 implementation deadline. Are there aspects of the implementation causing concern for your healthcare revenue cycle management? If so, you're not alone. According to a [...]

Put ICD-10 Prep in Motion for Orthopedic Surgery Medical Coding and Billing2013-08-22T10:47:19+00:00

ICD-10 and Neurosurgery: Updates Require Vigilance in Medical Coding and Billing

2013-08-20T09:10:16+00:00

How do the new codes for neurophysiologic studies performed during surgical procedures affect you? Updates in Neurosurgery coding and billing include: Confirm Chronicity For Nontraumatic Subdural Hemorrhage Pinpoint site to accurately report contusions of head in ICD-10 Changes to the CPT language for analysis and programming of Neurostimulators Clarifications on the use of needle aspiration of bone marrow for bone grafting New code for pre-sacral spinal arthrodesis Changes to the percutaneous sacral nerve codes New codes for angiography that may impact surgeons doing endovascular treatment [space height="10"] These are just two of the thousands of Neurosurgery coding updates to be aware [...]

ICD-10 and Neurosurgery: Updates Require Vigilance in Medical Coding and Billing2013-08-20T09:10:16+00:00

ICD-10 Transition Unveils New Code Structure, Increased Radiology Medical Billing Documentation

2013-08-15T11:48:42+00:00

Code assignments and documentation for Radiology coding and billing will be very different in the world of ICD-10. A seven-character code will need to be constructed—either for medical-surgical procedures or ancillary services. These include imaging, and radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. One of 34 possible values has been assigned for each character in each code. The same letter or number placed in a different character means something different, which is why each character's physical position is important. Values are the numbers 0 through 9 and all letters in the alphabet except I and O. according to the Centers for Medicare & [...]

ICD-10 Transition Unveils New Code Structure, Increased Radiology Medical Billing Documentation2013-08-15T11:48:42+00:00

MedRev Index Tops List of Financial Growth Indicators for Optimal Medical Practice Billing

2013-08-13T09:05:53+00:00

You've heard the old adage "cash is king." Many believe it's the sole indicator of financial health for their practice's healthcare revenue cycle management. What may come as a surprise is that cash flow isn't the only measure of medical practice billing profitability that reigns supreme. You may know how your medical practice coding, billing and collections is doing at this moment, but are you aware of how well your practice should be doing? The unknowns surrounding Healthcare Reform, including reimbursement levels, ICD-10 and more, can cloud perceptions and contribute to growing confusion about your true revenue potential. To maximize practice [...]

MedRev Index Tops List of Financial Growth Indicators for Optimal Medical Practice Billing2013-08-13T09:05:53+00:00

Averting a Coding Emergency: ICD-10 Updates from CMS Avoid Confusion in Medical Coding and Billing

2013-08-12T11:47:05+00:00

Emergency medicine coding and billing can be more than a little confusing, especially when updates and clarifications are happening practically every day. Take CMS for example. Recently, they released several important clarifications because there's been some confusion and frustration regarding the codes in Chapter 20, External Causes of Morbidity (V, W, X, and Y codes), which will replace the current ICD-9-CM E-Code section. According to CMS as reported in an article from American Association of Professional Coders, "the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines (I.C.20) state that for any initial encounter from an illness or adverse effect, the codes found in this chapter should [...]

Averting a Coding Emergency: ICD-10 Updates from CMS Avoid Confusion in Medical Coding and Billing2013-08-12T11:47:05+00:00

One Healthcare Change Calms Nerves: Revenue Bridge Offers Seamless Medical Practice Billing Transition

2013-08-06T10:36:50+00:00

Let's face it, transitions are nerve racking, whether they are in life or in business. Many healthcare officials believe the 2,700 page Affordable Care Act (ACA), with its 12,000 pages of regulations, is leading to even more uncertainty. Just how will the transition to the ACA work, and how will appointed and career federal officials determine the law's final requirements? All of this uncertainty raises real concerns about how the new law will impact the most crucial element in any healthcare reform effort: physicians. That's why doctors are nervous about the new law and how it will affect their incomes, their [...]

One Healthcare Change Calms Nerves: Revenue Bridge Offers Seamless Medical Practice Billing Transition2013-08-06T10:36:50+00:00

Is your Neurosurgery Coding and Billing Compliant Enough? 10 Questions to Ask

2013-08-01T09:46:13+00:00

Imagine this scenario: You receive a call from your Neurosurgery practice staff. There's an OIG investigator in your office making a spur of the moment house call. Just what exactly would he or she find? In Neurosurgery, you're vigilant when it comes to expecting the unexpected in the practice of medicine. But are you vigilant when it comes to compliance? You may very well be waving compliance red flags in your Neurosurgery revenue cycle management—and not even know it—that send messages your compliance is not being taken seriously enough. It's time to take a hard look around your work environment and [...]

Is your Neurosurgery Coding and Billing Compliant Enough? 10 Questions to Ask2013-08-01T09:46:13+00:00