Author: Kim Pollock (Kim Pollock)

Make Sure Your Documentation Meets Guidelines
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Make Sure Your Documentation Meets Guidelines

July 17, 2019 I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “if it isn’t documented, then it wasn’t done.” As a young graduate nurse, I learned this the hard way. I’ll never forget when a surgery intern complained to my Head Nurse (as they were called in those days), at 7:20 am after my shift started at...

Op Note Documentation Tips Every Surgeon Can Use
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Op Note Documentation Tips Every Surgeon Can Use

May 1, 2019 You’ve submitted, in a timely manner, correct Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) codes to the insurance company for the procedure you performed. The payor’s explanation of benefits (EOB) or electronic remittance advice (ERA) shows a payment of $0! Now what? Typically, you’d send in the operative note, showing the description of the procedure...

6 Essential Coding Rules Everyone Needs to Know
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6 Essential Coding Rules Everyone Needs to Know

February 20, 2019 Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) is a coding system that physicians and other providers use to bill for their services. While typically not taught in medical school, residency or other formal education arenas, providers are still expected to know how to properly code for services provided. Here are six basic coding rules that...

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Learn the Latest in Otorhinolaryngology Coding

AAPC News –  March 2017 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP CPT® 2017 captures the most up-to-date clinical services for ear, nose, and throat specialists. CPT® 2017 brings several code changes for otorhinolaryngology, a specialty that has seen few, if any, code changes in the past several years. The changes are primarily new codes, with some code...

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Stay Current with Spine Procedural Coding

AAPC News –  May 2017 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP See how spine procedure codes, guidelines, and reporting have changed in 2017. There are many 2017 CPT® code changes pertaining to spine procedures. Here’s a rundown of the most significant changes. Removal of Moderate Sedation Inclusion The moderate sedation symbol (¤) was removed from...

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2017 Spine CPT Code Changes

AAOS Now –  November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Spine surgeons face a multitude of Current Procedural Terminology ® (CPT) code changes, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This article provides a summary of these changes so practices can get a head start on understanding their implications. A complete listing of changes can be...

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Spine Practices May Lose Money When They Do Not Bill for Consults

Healio- October 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP and Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Medicare eliminated payment for consultations in 2010, which resulted in significant revenue losses for spine surgeons and all specialists. All office consultations for Medicare patients became a new or established patient, or an emergency department visit if the...

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Spine Surgery Quandary: Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion

Healthcare Business Monthly – June 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP When do you bill 63056-59 with 22633, rather than 63047-59? A common question among coders and spine surgeons is whether to bill 63056-59 with 22633, or 63047-59. The answer is complex, but CPT® and Medicare guidelines provide essential guidance. Read Full Article

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The Revenue Engine that Could “Think You Can” by Refining the Revenue Cycle with the Right People, Processes, and Tools

Greenbranch – May/June 2013 Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC Many physicians continue to wrestle with an economy-in-recovery and declining reimbursements. In this business climate, practices can’t afford reimbursement process mistakes and inefficiencies; they’re simply too expensive. Just a few denied surgical claims can cost a practice thousands of dollars. That’s the cost of the annual electronic...

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