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Category Archives: Medical Coding News

Know Ob-Gyn CPT Code Changes in 2017 to Optimize Reimbursement

Ob-Gyn practices face many challenges relating to both practice and reimbursement. In addition to Meaningful Use and value-based reimbursement, 2017 has brought many changes in obstetrics and gynecology medical billing and coding. While medical billing and coding outsourcing can help providers take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities, it’s important that Ob-Gyns are well-informed about these […]

2017 CPT Code Changes for Pelvic Fracture – Focus on Complexity of Treatment

CPT codes are updated and republished on an annual basis by the American Medical Association (AMA). Expert AAPC-certified coders in established medical coding companies keep track of these changes and report them correctly, enabling the orthopedic practices they serve to maximize reimbursement. This year, orthopedists need to pay attention to the changes to pelvic fracture […]

Implement 2017 CPT Code Updates for Diagnostic Radiology

Technological advancements have flooded the field of diagnostic and interventional radiology in recent years and new codes have been created to accommodate these changes. Reliable medical coding companies keep track of these changes as they are well aware that using the new diagnostic radiology codes is crucial to help radiologists maximize revenue opportunities and minimize […]

Billing and Coding Tips for Spine and Pain Management

Pain management medical coding is critical for diverse clinical specialties including neurology, radiology, orthopedics, spine surgery and others. For timely reimbursement of complex spine and pain management procedures, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) should ensure proper claims submission with accurate medical codes. Spine-related pain can be associated with nerve root compression, facet arthropathy, and intervertebral discs […]

Emergency Room Billing Complaints on the Rise – What Physicians should Watch out for

Recent reports indicate several instances of emergency room (ER) billing mistakes. Patients are complaining that they receive bills that are inaccurate and too high. Medical billing and coding errors leave patients in the lurch and today, most are resorting to legal action to get their grievances addressed. Billing errors badly affect a healthcare provider’s credibility […]

Documenting Food Allergies with ICD-10 Codes

Different food items and special dishes play a key role in any celebrations; let that be Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve, or even a birthday party. But for people who have food allergies, such occasions may not be very enjoyable. According to a report from the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), approximately 15 million […]

Reporting Back Pain in ICD-10-CM

Orthopedic, physical therapy, and chiropractic practices see a large number of patients reporting with back pain. This common health concern is a leading cause of disability among U.S. adults of all ages. Even expert medical coding service providers concede that reporting back pain in ICD-10-CM is challenging because there are different types of codes to […]