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Learn the Essentials of Knee Arthroscopy Coding

Knee arthroscopy is an effective and frequently used tool for diagnosing knee conditions such as meniscus tears and cartilage wear. Orthopedic surgeons and their medical coding service providers need to understand the different types of CPT codes involved as well as Medicare’s National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) guidelines, procedure-to-procedure edits, and private payer guidelines to […]

Billing and Coding Laboratory Panels and Their Components

Health insurance companies reimburse clinical laboratories and hospital laboratories for microbiological, serological, chemical, hematological, biophysical, radiobioassay, cytological, immunohematological, immunological, pathological, or other examinations that provide information for evaluating a medical condition or for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of any disease. Laboratory panels or chemistry panels are groups of tests that are ordered together for […]

Chiropractic Medical Billing in 2017 – What to Know

Chiropractic care is considered a good option for diverse health conditions, especially back pain. A study published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation finds that workers who see a chiropractor first for a workplace injury gets back on the job faster. Though chiropractic medical billing involves the normal process of filling out medical claims forms, […]

Radiology CPT Code Changes Proposed for 2018

Radiology practices and medical coding companies need to be ready to implement several radiology code changes and guidelines coming up in 2018. Announcing these anticipated changes, the American College of Radiology (ACR) notes that many of the new codes are outcome of bundling mandates from the AMA’s Relativity Assessment Workgroup (RAW) aimed at identifying services […]

Key Points to Note about Hypertension Coding in 2017

An article published in the American Journal of Hypertension earlier this year found a rising trend in hospitalization for hypertensive emergency with reduction in hospital mortality during the last decade. Patients with acute cardiorespiratory failure, chest pain, stroke, acute chest pain, or aortic dissection were at the most risk of higher hospital mortality among other […]

Coding Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Procedures

Safe and noninvasive, ultrasound is being increasingly used in various medical specialties. Ultrasound is considered the appropriate imaging service to diagnose musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, specifically shoulder pain and certain ankle and tendon pain. Medicare reimbursements for MSK ultrasound studies increased by 316% from 2000-2009. Experienced medical billing and coding companies help providers take advantage of […]

Coding and Reporting Pediatric Preventive Care Services

Changes in Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and new rules governing employer-sponsored and marketplace insurance plans have improved access to necessary health care for children and young adults over the years. Preventative care protects children against different types of diseases and infections, and allows physicians to monitor and evaluate their physical and mental […]