Erin Lang Masercola

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Otolaryngolology coding : Four FAQs to help your Cochlear Implant Coding

06th May 2011
Find out why physicians have limited use of available CPT codes While reporting for audiologist's services, do not forget that Medicare prohibits audiologists from billing for treatment services. They're allowed to bill for diagnostic services only. B... Read >

Gasteroenterology coding:74270 is for barium enema as well as water-soluble contrast

04th May 2011
Recently, my gastroenterologist ordered barium enema for a four-year old male patient with a history of encopresis and constipation. Therefore, I am billing the procedure for my radiologist. How should you report the procedure if the radiologist writes ... Read >

Pathology coding: Do not miss pay for second flu testing

21st April 2011
So which code for influenza A or B? If your lab test aids you in answering the A/B question, you might be able to report two units of the test code. Watch out: Missing the second test could cost your lab up to $27 in lost revenue. Here are some tips th... Read >

BMI: New code choices could support higher coding, but don't assume you need -22

21st April 2011
This year's just-in fifth-digit diagnosis codes for BMI help you document a patient's condition better, especially when the patient's BMI might lead to more complex risk factors for the anesthesiologist to handle. However, having documentation of a high B... Read >

Documentation: Boost efficiencies with the help of ancillary staff

20th April 2011
Every physician should own up to a patient's history of present illness. Ancillary staff such as registered nurses and licensed practical nurses can be handy in documenting the history for an evaluation & management encounter; however not past the ROS... Read >

Family Practice Coding: For Complete Patch Test Coding, Count Every Patch And Office Visit

14th April 2011
When your family physician carries out a patch test and follow-up for a patient, do not let some of the calculations go unnoticed. Count each patch and any extra evaluation and management services to round out a complete claim and see your bottom line s... Read >

Three Caveats You Should Remember While Writing Off Patient Balances

12th April 2011
Your practice should be caring; however if you are letting patients off the payment hook, your compassion could land you on your payer's and the Attorney General's bad books. Figure out if you know the bottom line when it comes to writing off patient bala... Read >

Cpt 2011 Adds Two Add-On Codes to Describe Interstitial Device Placement During Another Procedure

11th April 2011
Until now, when your general surgeon placed interstitial devices for radiation therapy guidance during a distinct open or laparoscopic abdominal procedure, you did not have a way to report the additional service. See to it that you capture all the pay you... Read >

Stop Using 96402 For Lupron Injections In Noridian Patients

07th April 2011
Does your practice treat patients with insurance cover through Noridian? If so, you will need to take note of a new chemotherapy drug administration rule from the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). See to it that you are correctly reporting Lupron ... Read >

Neurosurgery Coding: Pin Down Headache Dx Choice with These Tips

30th March 2011
Does your neurosurgery practice provide greater occipital nerve blocks? If so, don't let your neurosurgery coding turn into a headache. Confirm specifics about the patient's headache and the service your provider offered to pinpoint the proper diagnosi... Read >

Internal Medicine Coding: Skin Biopsy Timing, Location, Intent

29th March 2011
Are you aware when to report skin biopsy separately with or in place of other procedures such as shaving or excision? If not, read on and find out: Normally, you may report skin biopsy separately when the biopsy occurs at a separate location from an exc... Read >

Anesthesia Coding: For True Emergencies Turn to +99140

23rd March 2011
Reporting any qualifying circumstances (QC) codes for anesthesia can be a tricky affair. However knowing when to classify a situation as a true emergency can be a real challenge, unless of course you are equipped in the emergency conditions guidelines. ... Read >

Glaucoma Screenings: S0620 or G0117 -Which Code to go for?

23rd March 2011
With more than 18 choices to sift through when coding a glaucoma visit, you need these simple guidelines to secure the insurer preferred code that lands payment, and not denial. You have four choices for coding glaucoma exams, depending on the payer, ty... Read >

Pathology Coding: do not Double Dip for Microdissection

21st March 2011
Just-in CPT code 88363 is not the only code that describes prep work that a pathologist might carry out prior to molecular testing. Code 88363 describes the work when a pathologist retrieves a signed-out case to choose proper tissue for molecular anal... Read >

Check Provider's Role Prior to Coding Retrobulbar Blocks

21st March 2011
The anesthesiologist's involvement guides you in the right direction. Coding your anesthesia provider's service is never easy, more so with intricate procedures such as retrobulbar block placement. Here are three questions and answers regarding your an... Read >
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