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What Type of Education Is Needed for Medical Billing and Coding?

Pursuing a career in medical billing and coding can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. This is a serious and complex field that is becoming more and more competitive. You don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to help thousands of patients, because you can contribute quite a lot […]
Time-Based Coding

Tackle Time-Based Coding to Ethically Boost Your Reimbursement

If your practice isn’t using time-based codes correctly, you are leaving money on the table. Or worse, opening yourself up for massive fines per misuse. The truth is, most coders and their physicians steer clear of these codes out of fear of the consequences of getting it wrong.  But, there’s no need to avoid these […]
Chronic Care Management

Get on Board With CCM and Stop Leaving Money on the Table

Although Medicare began paying for chronic care management (CCM) services in 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that many practices are not taking advantage of the new coverage, even after more than a year. And if you’re not billing this service for those who are likely your sickest patients, you’re losing […]
Ortho Management

Ortho Management (97760) Billing

Can an orthopedic practice bill for orthotic management? One of the most commonly asked question is, “Can I bill 97760?” If you are an orthopedic practice, you really can’t. This is because it should always be a therapy service, and it has to be under a therapy plan of care. If your physician asks an […]
Modifier Choice

Modifier Choice Key in Boosting Payments for Bilateral Procedures

If you report bilateral procedures — and most practices do — how you tell your payers that you performed the same services on both sides of the body depends greatly on the payer itself. But there are some general tools and strategies you can follow that will point you in the right direction, and help […]
Complex Care Management

In 2017 Get Paid for the Complex Care Management You Provide

In 2016, Medicare added chronic care management (CCM, 99490) to its list of reimbursable codes. Starting Jan. 1, the agency is adding complex CCM services (99487-99489) to that list as well. But there are specific rules you must follow to get the payment you deserve. Most likely, you’re already providing these much needed extra services […]
Moderate Sedation Codes

Moderate Sedation Codes in 2017 Easier and No More Bulls-Eyes

If you bill for moderate sedation, things just got a little easier for you next year. CPT® 2017 has changed how you code these services for more than 400 procedures. You’ll notice there’s something missing in your 2017 CPT manual. All those bulls-eyes that indicated a code could include moderate sedation are gone. And the […]