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Billing and Coding Changes that Matter to Anesthesiologists in 2017

The practice of anesthesiology is facing certain coding and reimbursement changes in 2017. Anesthesiology medical billing companies, surgeons, chronic pain practices and other specialists need to pay close attention to the latest advances, guidelines, and specific recommendations, and incorporate them into practice. The most significant anesthesia medical billing and coding changes in 2017 are as […]

What are Medical Coding Modifiers? Examples of CPT, HCPCS and Anesthesia Modifiers and When to Use

CPT code modifiers can be two digit numbers, two character modifiers, or alpha-numeric indicators. Modifiers are a tool to provide more detail to the performance of a medical procedure or service. By using modifiers correctly and communicating specific information to the insurance carriers, medical coding companies ensure that physicians get paid appropriately for services rendered. […]

2017 Coding and Reimbursement Guidelines for Vascular Surgeons

Vascular surgeons perform a comprehensive range of procedures and the adoption of new endovascular techniques has led to reduced hospital stays. Under Medicare’s value-based program, health care providers are rewarded with incentive payments for the quality of care rather than the quantum of services provided. Outsourcing medical coding to a company that has certified coders […]

FDA Approves Label Changes for General Anesthetic and Sedation Drugs

Anesthesiology medical billing can be complex as service providers must follow stringent federal guidelines. Pediatric anesthesia services were in the news lately when the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that moderate sedation, when performed and properly documented, may be reported separately. In previous years, the AMA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) disallowed […]

CPT Coding Updates Impacting Pathology and Laboratory Services in 2017

Providers of laboratory and pathology services such as offices or free-standing facilities, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities are impacted by several CPT code changes in 2017. Coding teams in reliable outsourcing companies that provide pathology medical coding and billing services are up-to-date with these code changes which include deletions, revisions and […]

Maximize Cardiology Reimbursement with New CPT Codes in 2017

Billing and coding cardiologic procedures can be extremely complex. In 2017, cardiology practices and the medical coding companies that serve them have to deal with Medicare program updates as well as several CPT code changes from angioplasty to coronary IVUS. Here are the significant updates affecting cardiology practice reimbursement this year. Moderate Sedation: Cardiologists need […]

High-Risk Pregnancy – ICD-10 Coding Changes in 2017

One of the most challenging areas for coders in medical coding and billing companies is obstetrics and gynecology medical billing and coding. Effective October 1, 2016, the guideline for “Prenatal outpatient visits for high-risk patients” has been replaced with the title of “Supervision of High-Risk Pregnancy,” and includes additional guidance. Chapter 15 of ICD-10-CM contains […]

Medical Billing and Coding for Telehealth Services in 2017

Recent reports indicate that the telehealth trend is growing across America, especially in rural areas. Many states have passed a telehealth parity law, which allows providers to be eligible to receive reimbursements for telehealth at the same level as in-person services. While medical coding outsourcing can ensure appropriate reimbursement for telehealth services, providers need to […]