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.
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
More Q Modifiers were updated recently, make sure that your staff is up to date on the currently preferred to be reported when the physician is performing foot care. Modifiers Q7 (One class A finding), Q8 (Two class B findings) or Q9 (One class B and two class C findings) tell insurers why your physician is performing foot care. (more…)
There is nothing worse than finding different coding mistakes. One of the things that you can do in order to keep certain mistakes from showing up is keep your observation coding in check. Although you may think that you know all of the general rules in terms of observation services reporting in the ED, mistakes can still happen. When you are looking to smooth out any of the wrinkles found in your observation coding, you can keep several things in mind.
For starters, it is very important that you do not bill more than once for physicians that are from the same group. This is a situation that calls for a choice of only one. For example, even though you may have two individual physicians, if they are from the same group they cannot both be billed, even if the patient receive observation care from the both of them. (more…)
Any time you are coding for problem visits that a patient has, it is important that you take into consideration any other office visits that they may have recently had. Basically, you are going to want to look to see if there is a connection between visits for preventative medicine as well as current health issues that may be in place, which also needs some attention.
Many times, a physician will end up seeing a patient that shows up in search of a visit to fall into the category of preventative medicine. Then, upon further evaluation, the doctor will then need to look at the patient further for some sort of significant problem that they have. As a coder, you may end up finding yourself in a situation where you are not sure if you are to code the visit under a new or established patient. (more…)
When your medical billing claims get rejected, one claim can put your staff behind on everything they are supposed to be doing. The patient’s folder will have to be pulled, the notes will have to be re-read and researched, the claim will have to be compiled again and the coding will need to be double checked again to make sure you are using the latest codings and modifiers for the claim. In some cases the carrier will need to be contacted which is more time lost from servicing your practice and the claim will have to be submitted once again and the will take more time away from your day to day servicing of patients. (more…)