Month: April 2017


Billing Medicare Patient Admittance

If a Medicare patient has been admitted to the hospital as an inpatient and the patient is seen by me first in the ED before they are moved to an inpatient bed, do I bill an ED visit or an initial hospital care code when surgery is not planned? I will be following the patient in the hospital.


Profiles in Plastic Surgeons’ Practice Transitions

Aesthetic Society News – Spring 2017 by Karen Zupko, President “Sorry, I didn’t call you back last week, Karen. I was climbing mountains in Nicaragua.” That was the message that New Orleans plastic surgeon John Church, MD, left for me after my call requesting an interview. What a perfect message and precursor to the fascinating,...


Pain Management In Orthopaedic Practices

AAOSNow – April 2017 by Karen Zupko Frequently Asked Questions – Pain Management In Orthopaedic Practices Increasingly, pain management specialists—physical  medicine and rehabilitation specialists or anesthesiologists—are joining  orthopaedic groups that have adopted a more global approach to musculoskeletal system care. However, this presents challenges for the billing time,  particularly with respect to coding procedures and transfers...

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