Month: March 2019

Diagnosis Code for Post Op Visits
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Diagnosis Code for Post Op Visits

March 14, 2019 Question: What’s the best way to do the diagnosis coding for postop visits? I mean, does it really matter since we aren’t billing for a visit? Answer: The ICD-10-CM guidelines for postop/aftercare include the following: If the original diagnosis is trauma (eg, using an S diagnosis code) or a code that requires...

Weekend Rounds (Part 1)
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Weekend Rounds (Part 1)

March 14, 2019 Question: I have just a quick question regarding weekend rounding. I share weekend call with another practice that I am not affiliated with. We sign off our patients to each other when we cover our respective calls.   Sometimes when rounding I check on 5-10 of their patients, some of which are their...

5 Ways to Create Harmony Between Your Practice and the CBO
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5 Ways to Create Harmony Between Your Practice and the CBO

March 13, 2019 The value of an effective relationship between a centralized billing office (CBO) and practice staff cannot be understated. Time invested in cultivating harmony can pay tremendous dividends and provide an excellent foundation on which your practice can flourish. Here are five things that create an optimal relationship with the CBO. 1. We’re...

10 Best Practices for Working Insurance Denials
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10 Best Practices for Working Insurance Denials

March 6, 2019 Denials can seem like a way of life in any revenue cycle. In this blog, we tackle the 10 best practices for working insurance denials. 1. Quantify the denials. “You cannot manage what you do not measure.” In order to develop a solid denials management program, quantifying what the denials are and...

7 Ways to Handle a Patient’s Fear of Scars
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7 Ways to Handle a Patient’s Fear of Scars

March 5, 2019 After more than 20 years of asking thousands of patient care coordinators to list the non-financial reasons patients don’t schedule, fear of scarring is consistently cited in the top five. Addressing this fear requires a unified approach that is consistently delivered by everyone in the practice. If a patient doesn’t feel his...

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Thumbs Up to Jeffrey Gorke’s New Book

Thumbs Up to Jeffrey Gorke’s New Book: The Employed Physician: Your Essential Guide to the Business Side of Medicine Greenbranch Publishing February 2019 by Wathen Strong If residency or Fellowship is soon to be in your rearview mirror, or you are considering moving from practice to employment, there are a thousand things to consider. As you weigh the...

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Coding Hand Procedures

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Coding Hand Procedures AAOSNow – March 2019  by Sarah Wiskerchen and Raymond Janevicius, MD Billing for hand procedures is among the most complex types of orthopaedic coding. Here, we highlight eight frequently encountered errors when coding hand procedures and how to fix them. Lack of specificity in documentation of tendon...

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