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.

COMPLIANCE

2018 Coding Update - January 2018

The Importance of Past Family History - September 2017

Review of Systems - August 2017

Documentation of a Proper E&M History - July 2017

Show Your Work to Assure Proper Payment - May 2017

New Year's Wish for 2017 - Time for a Coder? - December 2016

Timely Completion and Signing of Medical Records - September 2016

No More ICD-10 Flexibility - August 2016

Prepare for the End of "Close Enough" Coding - May 2016

Coding with Specificity Has Its Benefits - April 2016

Crosswalking and Unspecified Codes in ICD-10 are Worthy of Extra Attention - March 2016

CMS Releases ICD-10 Guide for Medical Specialties and Selected Conditions and Services - February 2016

ICD-10 - Thoughts on a Smooth Transition - November 2015

Low Utilization of Chronic Care Management Codes Seen by CMS - October 2015

ICD-10 Required Communitcation with Staff - September 2015

October 1st ICD-10 Transition Nears - August 2015

Preparation for ICD-10 Implementation Begins With Understanding ICD-9 - May 2015

Are You Prepared for the Transition to ICD-10? - February 2015

Practical Tips for Concise and Compliant Coding - September 2014

Tell the Whole Story - March 2014

The Importance of Compliance - February 2014

Maintaining Medical Privacy - December 2013

A Quick Response to Recovery Auditor Repayment Demonstration Requests Recommended - September 2012

 

INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

Transitional Care Management - July 2016

When Saving Time Becomes Expensive - July 2015

Avoiding Payment Reductions - November 2013

Table Released for Clinical Quality Measures for 2014 EHR Incentive Programs - July 2013

Are You Participating in the Primary Care Incentive Program? - January 2012

2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) Payment Update - November 2011

Understanding the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs - August 2011

Understanding Participation in Medicare EHR Incentive Program - July 2011

Attestation for Medicare EHR Program is Underway - May 2011

Now is the Time to Plan Your Participation in the eRx Program - March 2011

Are You Taking Advantage of EHR Incentive Programs? - October 2010

It is Not Too Late to Participate in PQRI - July 2010

Are You Capitalizing on Incentive Payments? - February 2009

 

GENERAL BILLING

Preparing for a Prosperous New Year - December 2017

The Importance of Coding and Billing - November 2017

Billing for Services Provided by Non Physician Practitioners - February 2017

Adding a Provider - Understanding Locum Tenens - January 2017

Looking Ahead to 2017 - November 2016

Preparing for Changes to Coding in 2016 - December 2015

When Saving Time Becomes Expensive - July 2015

Defining Clinical Staff and Other Qualified Health Care Professionals - April 2015

Transitional Care Management - March 2015

Four New Coding Modifiers Introduced - January 2015

Is that Colonoscopy for Screening or Diagnostic Purposes - December 2014

Coding for Transitional Care Management - November 2014

Defining Time for E & M Codes - May 2014

Impact of Delayed ICD-10 Implementation - April 2014

Verification of Patient Insurance Coverage - January 2014

Additional Transitional Care Services Material Released - August 2013

CMS Posts Information Regarding Billing for Transitional Care Management Services - April 2013

Sequestration and Medicare Billing - March 2013

February is American Heart Month - February 2013

Fiscal Cliff Law Impacts Medicare Participation Options - January 2013

Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines - December 2012

Transitional Care Management Codes Included in Final Rule - November 2012

2013 CPT Code Set Released - October 2012

CMS Offers Tips for Small Provider Practices to Plan for ICD-10 Transition - August 2012

Order and Referral Services for Medicare Beneficiaries Residing in Home Health Agencies - July 2012

Revalidation of Provider Enrollment Information - May 2012

Are You Compliant with Version 5010 Transaction Standards? - March 2012

Work Relative Values Units for OMT Increase - December 2011

General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) - June 2011

Evaluation Management Services Guide Released - February 2011

Counseling to Prevent Tobacco Use - December 2010

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Releases Coding Resources - August 2010

Claims Must be Filed Within One Year of Service Date - June 2010

CMS Releases Resources on Edits Impacting Ordering/Referring Providers - April 2010

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Search Tool Available - February 2010

CMS Eliminates the use of Consultation Codes - January 2010

Billing for New Physicians - August 2007

Diabetes Screening: Is This a Payable Service? - April 2006

Critical Care Coding - November 2005

Payment for Teaching Physician Services Requires Careful Documentation - November 2004

Charging for Ventilator Management - May 2004

Documentation at a Teaching Institution - February 2004

New vs. Established Patient Visit - June 2003

Can You Bill for a Telephone Admission to the Hospital? - November 2003

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