Author: Teri Romano (Teri Romano)

If You Aren’t Billing These Codes, You’re Losing Money
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If You Aren’t Billing These Codes, You’re Losing Money

February 6, 2019 Medicare eliminated payment for consultations way back in 2010, resulting in significant revenue losses for surgical specialists. All office consultations for Medicare patients became new or established patient visits, with reductions in payment of more than 20% for some codes. Inpatient consultation revenue for Medicare patients was also lost. But to make...

Coding and Coverage of Bariatric Procedures
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Coding and Coverage of Bariatric Procedures

Coding and Coverage of Bariatric Procedures Presented by: Teri Romano $99 Bariatric Procedures Webinar 20 minutes Buy Now Getting paid for open and laparoscopic bariatric procedures requires that surgeons code correctly and follow the right guidelines. For example, what can be billed in addition to the bariatric procedure? Is hernia repair separately reported? And if...

Navigating Coverage Policies in Varicose Vein Treatment
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Navigating Coverage Policies in Varicose Vein Treatment

Navigating Coverage Policies in Varicose Vein Treatment Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDPConsultant and Speaker The treatment of varicose veins, in your office or in a hospital outpatient department, is subject to detailed and ever changing coverage policies. These policies, referred to by Medicare as a local carrier determination (LCD), and by private payors as...

5 Documentation Dos and Don’ts That Reduce Risk
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5 Documentation Dos and Don’ts That Reduce Risk

September 26, 2018 As our consulting team reviews thousand of medical records each year, we see a consistent list of common documentation issues that present themselves in practices of all size and specialty. Here are 5 of the most common dos and don’ts we find ourselves explaining to clients. 1. DON’T choose E/M codes based...

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Follow an eight-step formula for correct spine coding

Spine Surgery Today, September/October 2014 Teri Romano, BSN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC Reporting the “just right” CPT codes isn’t easy for spine surgeons and coders. In fact, it is complicated. If you under code, in effect, you “pick your own pocket” by losing revenue and/or relative value unit. Overcoding leads...

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