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And Then There Were Fees...

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2019-11-11

Find-A-Code offers fees and pricing for just about everything, this article will address two of some of the most common payment systems with CMS. (OPPS) -Outpatient Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System. (MPFS)- Medicare Physician Fee Schedule The Fees section on each code page is determined on the type of services...

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Are you providing TMD treatment and having a hard time receiving payment from Medical? Take a look at the law for your state!

Christine Taxin
2019-11-03

  TM TREATMENT AND THIRD PARTY INSURANCE COVERAGEMinnesota, in 1987, became the first state to adopt legislation requiring health insurance policies issued within the state to include coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular (TMD) joint disorders and craniomandibular (CMD) disorders on the same basis as other joint disorders. At ...

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VA- Reasonable Charges Rules, Notices, & Federal Register

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2019-10-21

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Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs): Unlikely, But Not Always Impossible

Namas
2019-10-18

Medically Unlikely Edits (MUEs) were created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help lower the error rate for paid Part B claims. MUEs are the maximum units of a HCPCS or CPT code that a provider would bill under most circumstances for the same patient on ...

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Now That is Fraud! Genetic Testing "Public alert"

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2019-10-15

Genetic testing is becoming very popular. In fact, so popular you might see it in places you would not expect such as a community event, fairs or any event happening in your community. Some labs may even offer FREE screening for genetic testing. Watch for FREE screening announcements or advertisements ...

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CMS says Codes are on the Move!

Chris Woolstenhulme, QCC, CMCS, CPC, CMRS
2019-10-15

Have you noticed your LCDs are missing something? CMS is moving codes out of LCDs and into Billing and Coding Articles. MACs began moving ICD-10-CM, CPT/HCPCS, Bill Type, and Revenue codes in January 2019, and will continue through January 2020. Therefore, if there is an LCD with its codes removed, you will find ...

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Why is HIPAA So Important?

Namas
2019-10-11

Why is HIPAA So Important? Some may think that what they do to protect patient information may be a bit extreme. Others in specialty medical fields and research understand its importance a little more. Most of that importance lies in the information being protected. Every patient has a unique set of ...

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Hypertension & ICD-10

Raquel Shumway
2019-10-07

Hypertensive Diseases and ICD-10. Helps and examples for these codes.

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2020 Official ICD-10-CM Coding Guideline Changes Are Here!

Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
2019-10-01

It’s that time of year for offices to get ready for the ICD-10-CM code revisions. As part of that process, it’s also good to know what is going on with the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. In the examples listed below, strikeout text is deleted and highlighted text ...

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The New ICD-10-CM Code Updates Are Here — Are You Ready?

Aimee Wilcox, CPMA, CCS-P, CST, MA, MT, Director of Content
2019-10-01

Chapter 1: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (A00-B99) A small revision in the description changed[STEC] to (STEC) for B96.21, B96.22, B96.23. Remember, in the instructional guidelines, ( ) parentheses enclose supplementary words not included in the description (or not) and [ ] brackets enclose synonyms, alternative wording, or explanatory phrases. Chapter 2: ...

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