Our Top 10 Most Popular & Enlightening Blog Posts of the Year 2019

by | Last updated Dec 8, 2023 | Published on Dec 31, 2019 | Medical Outsourcing

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Our blog posts have enlightened and educated readers on countless aspects of medical billing and coding as well as insurance eligibility verification, while providing detailed instructions on various ICD-10 and CPT codes. We have also shed insight on new insurance policies, and given doctors and other healthcare professionals a helping hand in understanding the procedural aspects of insurance and billing so they can focus on their core task of treating patients.

Before we embark on a New Year and a new decade, here’s look back at our top 10 blog posts of 2019:

• Coding Colectomy – Key Considerations for Claim Submission

Colectomy is a complex procedure involving a range of individual procedure codes. We break down the different surgical procedures involved and various conditions that require colectomy to be performed. Finally, we list in detail the different codes you need to consider and also the right approach to coding.

• Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy – 2019 CPT Code Updates

We have covered medical codes for innovative and subtle procedures as well, such as Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) biopsy. With FNA codes having been updated recently, we thought it appropriate to post an infographic to make matters clearer to our readers.

CPT Codes for Epidural Injection Procedures and Diagnostic Selective Nerve Root Blocks

This blog talks about navigating code and guideline revisions for procedures such as epidural injections as well as nerve root blocks. Apart from applying the appropriate CPT codes, pain management physicians also need to document the necessity of performing these services in order to avoid claim denials.

• Medical Coding Steps and Guidelines for Lesion Excision

You can read about coding for biopsy excision and also important aspects of documentation such as mentioning whether a lesion is malignant or benign, where the lesion is located, and also the diameter of the excised lesion.

Billing and Coding for Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

We’ve dealt with the complex aspect of knee surgery in this blog on arthroscopic knee surgery. Coding knee surgery is complex because of the fact that modifier usage, payer guidelines and varying definitions need to be understood better. We simplify all that for you.

CPT Code Changes for 2020 – Highlights & Implications

The American Medical Association (AMA) has updated the CPT code set for 2020. Come to think of it, there are 394 code changes. Only 248 of them are new codes. The rest are code deletions and revisions. Correct reimbursement and coding require you to figure out these changes. It can be overwhelming but we’ve explained the highlights and their implications in this blog.

Influenza Vaccine Recommendations and CPT Codes for the 2019-2020 Season

The flu season made it appropriate for us to write about the CPT codes on the influenza vaccine. The annual flu vaccine is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting against flu. We have highlighted the various CPT codes for administering the flu vaccine.

Steps Involved in Billing for Orthodontic Services

As dental insurance reimbursement rates keep changing along with the rules and regulations, dental billing keeps getting complex. Since orthodontic treatment sometimes extends for multiple plan years, reimbursement requires efficient billing. We detail the procedures involved along with special guidelines.

Updates for Anesthesia Coding and Reporting Guidelines in 2019

Anesthesia billing and coding has to be done with minute attention to detail to ensure accuracy of the codes used. Any errors can cause anesthesia groups to be the target of fraud detection efforts of the government. January 1, 2019 saw the introduction of many updates and changes and we have strived to clear the confusion and provide details regarding those updates.

Document and Code for Hypertension Using ICD-10 Codes

Hypertension (HTN) is a condition affecting a large number of Americans. Also called high blood pressure (HBP), the condition affects nearly half of American adults. That means there is a greater possibility of people visiting your practice with this condition. So, a guide on ICD-10 documentation for hypertension can prove to be useful.

Feel free to check out our blog section to get more insight into billing and coding for a range of medical conditions as well as other aspects such as documentation and insurance eligibility verification.

  • Natalie Tornese
    Natalie Tornese
    CPC: Director of Revenue Cycle Management

    Natalie joined MOS’ Revenue Cycle Management Division in October 2011. She brings twenty five years of hands on management experience to the company.

  • Meghann Drella
    Meghann Drella
    CPC: Senior Solutions Manager: Practice and RCM

    Meghann joined MOS’ Revenue Cycle Management Division in February of 2013. She is CPC certified with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

  • Amber Darst
    Amber Darst
    Solutions Manager: Practice and RCM

    Hired for her dental expertise, Amber brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the dental revenue cycle management (RCM) services to MOS.

  • Loralee Kapp
    Loralee Kapp
    Solutions Manager: Practice and RCM

    Loralee joined MOS’ Revenue Cycle Management Division in October 2021. She has over five years of experience in medical coding and Health Information Management practices.