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Category Archives: Medical Coding News

Implications of Recent Changes in Bunionectomy Coding

In 2017, podiatry practices and their medical billing and coding companies saw several changes and updates in bunionectomy coding. In addition to new bunion and bunionette ICD-10-CM codes, major changes have been made to some bunion surgery CPT codes to update them depending on current methods of the repairs. Prelude to the 2017 ICD-10 Bunion […]

Modifier 25 – Understand the Facts to Avoid Misuse

CPT modifiers provide additional information for claims processing. However, the proper use of modifiers is a major concern for hospitals and physician practices, which is why medical coding companies pay special attention to this while reporting claims. CPT code modifier 25 is one of the 83 target codes that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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 […]