Author: Michael Marks (Michael Marks)


Arthroscopy Coding for Major Joint – Shoulder

Articles Arthroscopy Coding for Major Joints – Shoulder Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA AAOS Now – March 2018 An accurate understanding of coding rules increases likelihood of receiving appropriate paymentCorrectly reporting and billing for arthroscopy services is often confusing. Last month, AAOS Now reviewed the knee arthroscopy codes and outlined the appropriate use of modifiers. This...


Arthroscopy Coding for Major Joints – Knee

Arthroscopy Coding for Major Joints – Knee AAOS Now – February 2018 By: Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA When the American Medical Association (AMA) published the first edition of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) to standardize surgical procedure terminology and reporting, modern arthroscopy was in its infancy and no CPT code described it. As the number...


Have You Heard the Latest Medical Liability Risk?

Have You Heard the Latest Medical Liability Risk? AAOS Now – January 2018 By: Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA and Daniel R. Schlatterer, DO, MS Court rules that surgeons must personally deliver informed consent On June 20, 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a 4–3 decision that has the potential to rock the world...


Medical Imaging and HIPAA Compliance

Medical Imaging and HIPAA Compliance  AAOS Now – October 2017 By: Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA What orthopaedic surgeons need to know Last month, I coauthored an article on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance that offered tips on how orthopaedic practices can keep their patients’ information safe (see “Top 10 HIPAA Mistakes...


Is Your Practice Not Getting Paid?

AAOSNow – July 2017 by Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA, and Cheryl Toth, MBA Coding May Not Be the Reason It’s easy to blame a practice’s skyrocketing accounts receivable (A/R) on coding and the insurance companies. But our experience with orthopaedic practices, and the results of AAOS/KarenZupko & Associates (KZA) pre-workshop surveys on coding and...


CPT 2017 for Foot and Toes

AAOS Now – January 2017 by Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA Every autumn, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) book is updated with changes for the next year. In 2016, minimal changes were made, possibly due to the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10) and a desire to...


Liability Management 101

Liability Management 101 – August 2016 by Michael R. Marks, MD, MBA Why Malpractice Insurance Is Not Enough Today’s orthopaedic practices are at a crossroads. Many face possible mergers or acquisitions and potential relationships with hospital systems and third-party payers. As the healthcare landscape shifts, so too does a practice’s professional liability exposures. Recently, I spoke...

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