Month: March 2019

What Makes You Worth Your Fee?
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What Makes You Worth Your Fee?

4 Steps for Developing a Unique Service Proposition March 19, 2019 When Option A appears to be the same as Option B, all that really matters when making a selection is price. When prospective patients do not see a difference between you and a competitor, they will tend to choose the cheapest. This is the...

Seven Steps to Conducting an E/M Review
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Seven Steps to Conducting an E/M Review

March 20, 2019 An annual review of each provider’s E/M code usage is an essential component of physician practice compliance management. Reviewing documentation can identify coding pattern anomalies, uncover opportunities for physician and staff education, and move your practice toward coding correctly according to federal, state, and payor guidelines. Here are seven steps for conducting...

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Anatomy of a Lessons Learned Summary

Anatomy of a Lessons Learned Summary Medical Office Manager – March 2019  by Cheryl Toth What do you call the CEO of three failed start-up companies? Experienced. Leaders like this are hired time and again because they’ve made mistakes and learned from them. The lessons they take with them to their next role carry a...

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Do Your Cybersecurity Policies Need a Checkup?

Do Your Cybersecurity Polices Need a Checkup? AAOSNow – March 2019  by Michael R. Marks, MD When was the last time you reviewed your cybersecurity policies? If you can’t recall, you’re overdue. Such policies are critical for protecting patient and other sensitive data in your network and reducing the risk of breaches that can cause reputational...

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5 Tips to Boost Efficiency for the Front Office

5 Tips to Boost Efficiency for the Front Office Medical Office Manager – March 2019  by Cheyenne Brinson The front office is the face of the practice, the first impression for the patient, and the beginning of the revenue cycle. They are tasked with multiple assignments, competing priorities, and a sense of urgency from everyone, yet asked...

Botox Injection in the Hand
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Botox Injection in the Hand

March 14, 2019 Question: I am trying to find a CPT code for a Botox injection in the right hand, and found CPT code 64653.  Is this the code I should report? Answer: There is not a specific CPT code for a Botox injection (chemodenervation) of the hands.  You should report the unlisted code CPT...

Optical Biopsy Changes?
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Optical Biopsy Changes?

March 14, 2019 Question: Since the skin biopsy codes changed, I would like to ask if you know of any changes to the CPT codes for optical biopsies of the skin.  Some of these codes include: 96931  First lesion – cellular and sub-cellular imaging of skin; combined image acquisition and interpretation and report, 96932  image acquisition only,...

Global Period for Debridement
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Global Period for Debridement

March 14, 2019 Question: I thought the global period of debridement of muscle or bone was 10 days. Is that true?  Answer: The debridement codes were revised in 2011 and the global period for all codes (11042-11047) was revised to 0 days. *This response is based on the best information available as of 3/14/19.

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