Category: <span>Art-Orthopaedics</span>

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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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Prior Authorization Chaos is the New Normal for Spine Surgery

ORTHOWORLD – December 11, 2019 In 2017, the American Medical Association surveyed physicians across all specialties about the amount of time spent by them and their staff on patient prior authorizations. The response was striking. Eighty-six percent of offices reported that their prior authorization activities had increased significantly over the last five years, and the...

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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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Coding Errors Can Cost You Money and Potentially a Sale

Coding Errors Can Cost You Money and Potentially a Sale Healio Orthopedics – October 2019  by Karen Zupko As more orthopedic practices are approached for potential acquisition, our firm is engaged by buyers and sellers to evaluate the accuracy of coding and documentation, and the efficiency of the revenue cycle. What we’re seeing in many...

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How to Bill and Get Paid for Unlisted Procedures

How to Bill and Get Paid for Unlisted Procedures AAOSNow – September 2019  by Cheryl Toth Orthopaedic surgeons often perform procedures for which no specific Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) exists. For example, hip surgeons often are frustrated that there are no codes for periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) or labral reconstruction. “Now that orthopaedic surgeons are experienced...

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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...

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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

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Tips and Best Practices for Using Code-X

Tips and Best Practices for Using Code-X AAOS Now – June 2019  by Cheryl Toth After speaking with Michael Marks, MD, MBA, and Margaret Maley, BSN, senior consultants from KarenZupko & Associates, Inc., (KZA) about the most valuable features of Code-X in part one, Cheryl Toth, MBA, spoke with Madelaine Reese, senior product manager of online learning...

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Coding Experts Weigh in on the Value of Code-X

Coding Experts Weigh in on the Value of Code-X AAOS Now – May 2019  by Cheryl Toth If you are looking for an electronic tool that makes code selection easier and gives your practice powerful data for reducing denials, strengthening appeals, and validating plan payments, the Academy’s Code-X software tool is a good choice. Code-X is a...

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