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Is Your Medical Practice prepared for HCC Coding?

Is Your Medical Practice prepared for HCC Coding?

The Centers for Medicate and Medicaid (CMS) developed the Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) to calculate risk scores and adjust capitation payments made for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The CMS Risk Adjustment Model includes nearly 80 HCC categories of chronic illnesses with thousands of diagnosis codes. HCC coding allows physicians to risk-adjust their […]

Understand 2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

Understand 2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

Spine surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by spinal orthopedists and neurosurgeons. In 2017, these specialists and the medical billing and coding companies that serve them are facing several CPT codes changes. Understanding these changes and their implications, and being prepared to implement them is crucial for spine specialists to optimize reimbursement. […]

Medical Billing and Coding Guidelines for Controlled Substance Monitoring and Drugs of Abuse in 2017

Medical Billing and Coding Guidelines for Controlled Substance Monitoring and Drugs of Abuse in 2017

Urine drug testing (UDT) is an important tool in pain management. Clinical drug testing in pain management is used to detect prescribed, therapeutic drugs, prescription drugs of abuse, illicit drugs, and/or other substances. Accurate, complete, and legible documentation of the services provided is crucial for success with pain management medical billing. For appropriate reimbursement, claims […]

March Is Self Harm Awareness Month

March Is Self Harm Awareness Month

People indulge in self harm mainly to relieve emotional distress, cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. March is observed as Self-Harm Awareness Month. During this month, several awareness organizations will make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Though some individuals may attempt suicide, […]