Month: September 2016

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Is It Co-surgery or Not?

I was asked by a urologist to clear a vena cava thrombus during his patient’s nephrectomy for a malignancy. I was able to dissect the malignancy from the vena cava without any reconstruction. I think I should bill for my work separately from the urologist. My coders disagree. How is this billed?

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11 Ways to Reduce Employee Embezzlement

Aesthetic Society News – Fall 2016 by Karen Zupko Physicians are easy targets for employee theft. A Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) survey revealed that 83 percent of practices have experienced from $250 – $250,000 in employee theft. Given the cash-based nature of aestheticsurgery, your practice is at even great risk than other specialties. Use these...

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Are CMS and Other Payers Requiring –X{EPSU} Modifiers?

Commonly Asked Coding Questions – September 2016 by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC  Q: Are the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers requiring use of –X{EPSU} modifiers? A: Although the four –X{EPSU} modifiers were initiated by CMS, they have also been part of the Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) manual since 2015. These four...

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Setting Up Your New Physician for Success

The American Journal of Orthopedics – September/October 2016 by Cheryl Toth, MBA Practices and hospitals invest significant time and money in recruiting a new physician. From phone interviews to site visits to contract negotiations, it’s a long and involved process. Beyond setting up a new physician’s office and appointment schedule, completing human resources paperwork, and...

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