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Category Archives: Medical Coding News

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 […]

New CPT Codes for Dialysis Circuit Interventions in 2017

Surgeons who perform dialysis access and management procedures and the medical billing and coding companies that serve them have to deal with several new CPT codes for dialysis circuit interventions in 2017. According to the CPT manual, the term ‘dialysis circuit’ refers to both arteriovenous fistula and arteriovenous grafts. Dialysis circuits can be placed at […]

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 […]