Tag Archive | "2017"

Will You Benefit From These MPFS Quarterly Update Changes?

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Keeping up with quarterly Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates can be tough. One reason is that sometimes the changes are implemented on one date and effective in the past. Confused? Examples can help with that. The changes below have an implementation date of Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, as part of the October quarterly MPFS update. […]

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Catch Up on the Latest HCPCS 2017 Updates for Ob-Gyn

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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In “Learn the ABCs (and Zs) of IUD Coding” we covered HCPCS codes available for the supply of the IUD. But coding is ever-changing, and there’s a new option as of July 1 for Kyleena®. Check out that new option and other HCPCS changes effective July 1 relevant to ob-gyn. Tip: Want to see all […]

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Update Vaccine Codes Just in January? 4 Changes Prove That’s a Mistake

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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On Friday, SuperCoder blog covered molecular pathology CPT® code updates effective July 1. Today, let’s look at what’s coming our way in July for vaccines. Because why should January 1 have all the update fun? Schedule: The codes we’re discussing here were published on the AMA website on Jan. 1, 2017. They’re effective July 1, […]

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Review What’s New for Tier 2 MoPath Codes in July 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

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All of you who have never read the descriptor for a tier 2 molecular pathology procedure code, go check out 81400-81408. Then tip your hat to MoPath coders because those code descriptors are lo-o-o-o-ng. To add to the fun, CPT® releases descriptor changes for these codes more than once a year. The descriptor changes effective […]

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Here’s What’s New in Q2 for CCI, MPFS, and HCPCS

Monday, March 27, 2017

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It’s almost April! In addition to a potential end to the yellow pine pollen covering every surface outside my home (yours, too?), April means second quarter updates to Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits, fee schedules, and HCPCS. Ready for some highlights? Let’s go! CCI for Moderate Sedation Goes Retro If you read this blog regularly, […]

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Don’t Overlook These 4 Tips for Coding Dialysis Circuit Services in 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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There are pros and cons to getting two full pages of CPT® guidelines on how to use the nine new dialysis circuit codes in 2017. You get lots of helpful information, but the really important pointers risk getting lost in the crowd. Don’t let these gems from the guidelines and code-level notes pass you by. […]

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Haven’t Started MACRA QPP Prep? There’s Still Time!

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Groundhog Day has come and gone, and Punxsutawney Phil has declared six more weeks of winter. That gives you plenty of inside time to focus on getting up to speed on MACRA so you can participate in 2017. Remember: With CMS’s Pick Your Pace approach to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), it’s OK if […]

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Lucky Number 3! Don’t Miss This $33 Increase for Intubation Code 31500

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule estimated a 0 percent impact on total allowed charges for emergency medicine this year. But did you catch the nice boost for 31500 (Intubation, endotracheal, emergency procedure)? Here are the details on that change for those of you who enjoy a nice fee schedule adventure. Catching […]

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HCPCS 2017: Which Supplies & Services Made the Leap Away From C Codes?

Friday, January 20, 2017

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In the world of HCPCS, C codes are a special bunch. CMS initially created C codes for use on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System claims, but rule changes now allow a limited number of other providers to use the codes, too, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Indian Health Service hospitals. Restrictions on reporting C […]

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What You Need to Know About the 2017 OIG Work Plan

Friday, January 13, 2017

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The 2017 HHS OIG Work Plan is out, revealing what’s in the crosshairs for special scrutiny. There’s a good chance there’s something in its 101 pages that affects you. Make sure your team’s work is up to scratch on these topics listed in the Medicare Parts A and B/Other Providers & Suppliers section of the […]

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