Tag: Documentation

Tips to Avoid Billing Errors in Radiology Practices

Have you ever received a medical bill that left you perplexed, questioning how the expenses added up and left you scratching your head? If that’s the case, you’re certainly not alone. Billing for radiology can be intricate and confusing, involving numerous codes and procedures. Unfortunately, errors in medical billing are all too frequent, resulting in […]
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Medicare Advantage Insurers

Senators seek accountability from Medicare Advantage insurers on claims denials

In Congress this week, it wasn’t just pharmacy benefit managers facing scrutiny. The Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations directed its attention towards Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, seeking explanations for claims denials. During the hearing, the committee’s chairman highlighted that letters were sent to the three largest MA plans—UnitedHealthcare, Humana, and Aetna—requesting documentation regarding their decision-making […]
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Medical Coding Error Prevention Methods

Mastering Medical Coding: Strategies To Avoid Revenue Loss

Medical coding is an essential aspect of healthcare in that it translates diagnoses, procedures, medical services, and equipment into alphanumeric codes. The processes involved in medical coding is complex, however, so errors can often result in payment delays and significant financial losses. The most common errors leading to delays and lost revenue are tracking down […]
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Administrative Challenges for Medical Practices in 2023

The number of prior authorization requests continues to increase — despite promises to the contrary by payers — costing physicians time and money. A Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) poll found that 70% of medical groups indicated that prior authorizations increased in the last year. Physicians say that their practices continue to struggle with either […]
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2021 E/M Guidelines Based on Time

Below is a listing of questions and answers regarding some of the nuances of billing Evaluation and Management office visits based on time. The new 2021 E/M coding guidelines for office visits (99202-99205, 99212-99215) allow physicians and qualified health professionals (QHP) to choose whether their documentation and code-selection level for E/M services provided is based […]
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Coding Denials: Back to Basics

Coding must be supported by documentation, but also by the Official Coding Guidelines. While preparing for a clinical validation presentation on acute kidney injury denials, I took inventory of the most common denials and recoveries obtained by payers. It came as no surprise that sepsis, severe malnutrition, and encephalopathy were at the top of the […]
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What to Expect with the 2021 E&M Revisions

A work group put together by the American Medical Association (AMA) that also represents the AMA’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) has put together revisions to office and outpatient evaluation management (E&M). These will take effect on January 1, 2021. So how will this affect dermatologists? Well, this […]
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Artificial Intelligence Meets Medical Coding

Medical billing and coding is an integral component of healthcare. The medical coding outsourcing market alone is projected to reach16.9 billion dollars by 2021. However, coding accuracy is an ongoing challenge. To maximize efficiency and accuracy of the medical coding process, companies are testing the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. The current problem is […]
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Hierarchical Condition Categories: It’s Not Just for Inpatients

The number of conditions a patient has is now going to factor into the risk adjustment score (RAS). In March, I make my annual pilgrimage to Columbus, Ohio to speak at the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) conference, and this year, my remarks are titled, “The Hierarchical Condition Categories Model: Risk Adjustment isn’t just […]
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10 Tips To Prepare Practices For E/M Office Visit Codes Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken steps to overhaul codes used for Evaluation and Management (EM) office visit codes. The initiative aims to reduce documentation burdens that interfere with patient care, the American Medical Association says. The professional organization for the nation’s physicians is providing a series of educational materials to support […]
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