Author: Sarah Wiskerchen (Sarah Wiskerchen)

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Five Coding Tips for Dealing with Third-party Billing Entities

Five Coding Tips for Dealing with Third-party Billing Entities AAOSNow – February 2020  by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC Whether due to the complexities of hiring billing staff or a result of hospital employment and practice acquisition, many orthopaedic practices are moving their billing operations to a third-party entity or centralized billing office (CBO). This process...

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All Work (RVUs) and No Pay?: Eight Questions to Ask the Hospital about Its Work RVU Compensation Formula

GreenBranch.Com – Jan/Feb 2013 by Sarah Wiskerchen As more surgeons and specialists are offered hospital employment, work RVU-based compensation agreements are becoming more sophisticated and complex. In order to have meaningful conversation with health system administrators and ensure that a compensation agreement addresses all issues pertinent to the physician’s practice and specialty, physicians practice and...

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Therapy Billing: Be Sure Your Team Is Doing Things Right

Therapy Billing: Be Sure Your Team Is Doing Things Right AAOSNow – October 2019  by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC Many orthopaedic surgeons are adding physical and occupational therapy services to their practices. This can be daunting for in-house billing teams, as they may lack experience with the new services, therapy terminology, and associated Current Procedural...

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Seven Common Questions in Foot and Ankle Coding

AAOS Now – July 2019  by Sarah Wiskerchen A previous article published in AAOS Now (“How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Coding Hand Procedures,” March 2019) identified common coding issues for hand procedures. This article presents seven coding conundrums and frequently asked questions pertaining to foot and ankle procedures. Download Full Article

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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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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Is Your Practice Optimizing Coding Resources?

Is Your Practice Optimizing Coding Resources? AAOSNow – December 2018  by Sarah Wiskerchen If not, you may be at risk for claim denials or lost revenue Is your billing team or third-party billing service using the right resources, rules, and guidelines when assembling claims and managing denials? When substantiating coding or appealing claims, you must base...

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Tips for Utilizing ICD-10-CM

Tips for Utilizing ICD-10-CM – June 2018 AAOSNow by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC  In May 2015, most orthopaedic surgeons and their staff were highly focused on learning the new diagnostic language of ICD-10-CM (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision, Clinical Modification). That’s because the new diagnosis codes were scheduled to...

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What is in that alphabet soup? Deciphering coding acronyms to support reimbursement

Articles What is in that alphabet soup? Deciphering Coding Acronyms to Support Reimbursement Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC Healio Orthopedics • Orthopedics Today January 2018 The physician’s role in the revenue cycle is important for optimizing charge capture in independent and employment settings. Understanding key acronyms related to code sets and reimbursement guidelines is important to...

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Dispensing DME in Orthopaedics for Medicare

Dispensing DME in Orthopaedics for Medicare – November 2017 AAOSNow by Sarah Wiskerchen, MBA, CPC  Answers to key coding questions Orthopaedic practices often provide patients with supplies, such as casts and canes, integral to patients’ treatment plans. This article covers the essentials of coding and claims submission. Understanding the definitions and rules for DME can...

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