Confusing Neonatal Charges

Neonatal patients seem to present confusing scenarios for many medical billers. It could be due to the fact the patient is so tiny that many of the procedures seem related to split out but in many cases, claims for neonatal services are incorrectly bundled together.

A good case in point would be if a neonatal patient presented with a fever. The physician then did a urine catheterization (51701) and a spinal tap (62270) in the office. In many cases, the medical biller might have bundled these claims together but that would be incorrect as they are two distinctly different procedures even though they were performed at the same visit.
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Sick visits costing you money?

If you don’t properly meet certain requirements for the use of Modifier 25 in your sick visit bundled medical billing claims, you could very well be losing money and not know it.

There are some simple rules to follow to ensure that you’re getting the best reimbursements for your claims. First of all, make sure that you know exactly what the payer requires for reimbursement on these claims. Next, make sure you document exactly what caused the encounter and what the outcome was. This shows a logical flow of information and will better help the payer see that the services rendered will qualify for full reimbursements.
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How to Bill: Estrogen Withdrawal

Put yourself in this medical biller’s shoes and see if you would file this claim correctly.

A patient that recently had a hysterectomy presented to the ED with symptoms needing treatment. The physician noted that the patient was suffering from “estrogen withdrawal with menopausal symptoms.” A level three evaluation and management service was performed on the patient; what diagnosis code would you use? There’s no specific code for estrogen withdrawal. Continue reading How to Bill: Estrogen Withdrawal

Tips on Locum Tenens

Locum tenens is a confusing situation in the case where a physician takes a vacation or otherwise isn’t available and hires a physician to see patients on site, Medicare can deny the claim unless it is properly documented. The reason is that Medicare is very strict about seeing specific modifiers on medical billing claims that involve a substitute or locum tenens physician. Continue reading Tips on Locum Tenens

How to Bill: Parent Consultations

The world of pediatric medicine is fast paced and along with unpredictable kids come unpredictable medical billing situations. If you process medical billing for pediatric physicians, you may or may not have run across a situation for determining what diagnoses would apply when parents come in to discuss their child’s health issues.

If you’re wondering if there is a single code, the answer is yes. A parent conference falls under V65.19 (Other persons seeking consultation; other person consulting on behalf of another person). In other words, the code describes a person seeking “advice or treatment for non-attending third party.” Since a parent has the right to discuss the treatment and medical issues for their minor child it’s per missable to bill for the consultation. Continue reading How to Bill: Parent Consultations

How to Bill: Tissue Adhesives

One point that many medical billers find confusing is the correct procedure for coding the use of tissue adhesives when used for wound closures.

The answer to this question will be different depending on which entity is paying the medical billing claim. When you code for the use of tissue adhesives, including Dermabond; Medicare has its own guidelines for reporting this procedure that you need to follow to be reimbursed. You should report G0168 for Medicare patients only. If you are reporting the procedure for a non-Medicare patient, you should use the CPT code that is the equivalent and that is 12001-12018 series (Simple repair of superficial wounds …).  Continue reading How to Bill: Tissue Adhesives

How to Bill: Colonoscopy

There has been growing confusion over exactly how to report the growing number of colonoscopies that become “diagnostic”. This procedure has become more and more commonplace and the debate continues. Sometimes the best answer is the most obvious, contact the carrier and ask them how they want the procedure reported on your medical billing.

Colonoscopies are part of a check up for most individuals over the age of 50, however when the colonscopy finds a polyp, you should normally use the polyp diagnosis in your medical billing claim and not the screening V code. The exception to this rule would be if the physician discovers a polyp during the screening, you should instead report a diagnostic colonoscopy (45380, Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with biopsy, single or multiple).  Continue reading How to Bill: Colonoscopy

Switch to Outsourcing in 2010

Outsourcing your medical billing claims to a third party partner may be one of the smartest business moves you make in 2010.

You may have had every intention of doing your own medical billing for your practice from the day you opened until the day you retired, however with the never ending changes and nuances in medical billing claims varying from cancelled codes to nonpayment of certain procedures because they simply weren’t reported correctly – there comes a time when you need to look at your revenue flow from your reimbursements and decide it might be time to outsource your medical billing claims. Continue reading Switch to Outsourcing in 2010

How to Bill: Long Term Care

Long term care medical billing has it’s own set of nuances that must be followed in order to ensure that you receive proper reimbursements for the services you provide. Since nearly every patient you treat will have a long term history of care – it’s sometimes tempting to skimp on the medical documentation and necessity but since you have no way of knowing who is going to review your claim, you need to handle every claim as a fully individual manner complete with full documentation or you may wind up with partially paid claims or outright denials of your medical billing claims.

One important thing to learn is when you should also list a diagnosis code for the wound in I3. The I3 is important to complete when you’re doing medical billing for long term care patients as it reports additional conditions that affect a patient’s health.  Continue reading How to Bill: Long Term Care

The Q6 Modifier

Remember when medical billing used to be a simple affair of matching the procedure done with a couple of medical billing codes to describe what was done, attaching your documentation and then submitting your medical billing claim for reimbursement?

Now we have codes for codes and modifiers and the need to when to bundle and when to not bundle with the goal being fair reimbursement for procedures done. Modifiers cause a lot of confusion for many medical billers. One such confusing modifier that is worth clarifying is Q6.
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