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Tag: CPT codes

Updates to E/M guidelines will reflect modern health care

July 1st, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In the morning, while getting ready for work, I listen to the radio. It’s the same program I’ve listened to for over 20 years. Normally, I “tune out” when commercials […]

E/M codes: AMA keeps pace with CMS

May 24th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In March, the American Medical Association (AMA) published their CPT Editorial Summary of Panel Action February 2019.  The summary warns that final CPT codes and descriptors are still in draft […]

More laboratory audits: CMS looking at unbundled coding (again)

April 22nd, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

The March 19, 2019 letter from Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, to Charles Grassley (Chairman of the Committee on finance) assures that CMS is once again analyzing claims data to determine […]

Spring is in the air: CPT codes for allergies

April 10th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

Spring is in the air: the birds are chirping, the trees are starting to bud and the pollen count is increasing, bringing with it the dreaded springtime allergy season. Allergy […]

Seeing pink in February: Documentation specificity with breast studies

February 18th, 2019 / By Allison Morgan, MS, CPC

Every October we see pink during breast cancer awareness month. However, with the recent 2019 CPT updates that took effect January 1, the addition of some new breast-related codes reminded […]

A look back at popular blogs of 2018

December 17th, 2018

Thank you to all the readers of the Inside Angle blog! As we look ahead to 2019, here are some of our most popular blogs of the year:    “CPT […]

Article: Coding Corner: Getting Specific With Unlisted CPT Codes

With Karla VonEschen, CPC

Correct use of unlisted CPT codes is one of the more confusing aspects of CPT coding for both coders and physicians. In her article, Karla VonEschen provides guidance.

Introducing competition and price transparency into the Medicare payment system

November 1st, 2017 / By Richard Averill, MS, Richard Fuller, MS

Would an Amazon-like price shopping experience for individual healthcare services help control healthcare costs? Price transparency is frequently cited as a possible strategy for reducing the cost of healthcare because […]

Revisiting E/M coding based on time

July 28th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Recently, I received a question from a reader concerned about a provider coding counseling/coordination of care for the majority of the higher level new patient visits as well as the […]

Global surgery visits: New requirements to bill Medicare

June 26th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Andee: So, I guess we need to start thinking […]

Article: Reporting Mammograms for Medicare Patients

With Barbara Aubry, RN

For 2017, the American Medical Association (AMA) introduced three replacement codes to report mammography. Find out what they are in this article from Barbara Aubry.

What’s in it for me? Accurate reimbursement!

February 10th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

I paraphrase, but this is essentially the question we hear from providers when we talk about ICD-10 coding accuracy.