Month: August 2019

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5 Questions Every Older Physician Should Ask Themselves

5 Questions Every Older Physician Should Ask Themselves Physicians Practice – August 2019  by Karen Zupko 1. Realistically, how long can I plan to keep practicing? A 62-year-old client said she planned to practice medicine 10 more years. This probably isn’t realistic. Often, saying 5 or 10 more years is an easy and round-numbered way...

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Does My Documentation Tell the Story in Critical Care?

Does My Documentation Tell the Story in Critical Care? SCCM Critical Connections – August 2019  by Deb­o­rah Grider The initial and subsequent hospital codes 99221-99233 require specific documentation of the key components: history, examination, and medical decision-making. Read Full Article Copyright© 2019 The Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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Does Your Practice Treat Pain?

Does Your Practice Treat Pain? AAOSNow – August 2019  by Cheryl Toth Interventional pain management is a growing specialty, and many orthopaedic groups have added an interventionalist to the physician team. If this is the case for your practice, make sure the interventionalist understands the reimbursement and documentation nuances essential to optimizing payment and mitigating...

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Practice Acquisition: How to be Easy to Do Business With

Practice Acquisition: How to be Easy to Do Business With Healio Orthopedics – August 2019  by Karen Zupko When was the last time you ran your referral report? If you are contemplating a merger or acquisition, your referral report is a valuable asset. If you’d prefer to stay independent, it may be one of the...

Plug These Top Five Revenue Leaks
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Plug These Top Five Revenue Leaks

August 28, 2019 Is there revenue hiding under the baseboards in your practice? Not likely, but there are likely revenue leaks occurring that are costing the practice thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year if not properly monitored. 1. Missing Encounters. The patient was seen, services were rendered, yet no bill was generated....

Can Too Many Quotes Cause A Patient Scheduling Crisis?
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Can Too Many Quotes Cause A Patient Scheduling Crisis?

August 23, 2019 The answer is irrefutably, yes. Verified by countless social scientists. Think about the experience of choosing a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Standing behind a first-time customer will for sure remind you that it’s bewildering – the first timer is paralyzed by choice! The veteran customers walk up and bark out their...

Vertebral Augmentation Coding
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Vertebral Augmentation Coding

August 22, 2019 Question: Is it ever appropriate to bill 22513 with 3 units? Answer: CPT 22513 states Percutaneous vertebral augmentation, including cavity creation (fracture reduction and bone biopsy included when performed) using mechanical device (eg, kyphoplasty), 1 vertebral body, unilateral or bilateral cannulation, inclusive of all imaging guidance; thoracic. It is used to report...

Sentinel Node Identification
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Sentinel Node Identification

August 22, 2019 Question: We have a new ENT and he’s doing a procedure my other guys don’t perform.  The patient goes to radiology for injection of radioactive isotopes then to the operating room where he then excises the skin cancer and then injects blue dye and uses a gamma probe to identify a sentinel...

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