Preparing for a Prosperous New Year

Coding Corner

The information provided here applies to Medicare coding. Be sure to check with your Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for additional information and clarification on these and other items. You should also contact your local insurance carriers to determine if private insurers follow Medicare's lead on all coding matters.

Preparing for a Prosperous New Year
Over the past year I have used this column to explore topics such as Locum Tenens, proper billing and documentation for non-physician providers, and documentation requirements for evaluation and management (E&M) services.  When selecting topics to address, I have chosen those that will help you to be more efficient, effective and compliant in your billing and coding activities so that you can spend more time doing what you became a doctor to do – care for your patients.  

I have found that teaching through real-life examples is most beneficial when exploring the complexities of coding and billing.  To facilitate these efforts in the New Year, and to help you get the most out of your billing and coding activities, I ask that you share specific questions that have arisen in your practice.  This will allow me the opportunity to provide information on billing and coding topics that matter most to you and your peers.  What coding and billing questions are your finding most perplexing?  Are you using your electronic health records (EHR) to maximize your efficiency through comprehensive documentation and coding?  Are you providing osteopathic manipulative treatment and coding for it properly?  Please send your inquiries to ACOI Deputy Executive Director Tim McNichol at  I will respond to as many questions as I can and highlight a few of them in this column each month.  I look forward to exploring these and other areas of importance to you in the New Year! 

Stay True to Why You Pursued Medicine.