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Finances
A written policy is imperative to the success and compliance of professional courtesy. Do you know how you would respond to someone on a professional courtesy that has a car accident? What about your staff? Are they on a professional courtesy policy? Learn what it takes to be compliant!
Finances
Maintenance care is priceless for a patient's well-being. We know the value of the care long term for the patient. But what do we charge during maintenance? Maintenance has a cost for the patient; make sure you are charging them compliantly. Take a moment and check your written policies to make sure you have included this topic.
Documentation
There are specific coding requirements for Clinically Appropriate care that must be followed. Don't fall in the trap of billing Medically Necessary codes for Clinically Appropriate care.
Coding
Are you writing a best-selling novel when documenting within the episode of care? Are you capturing the information along the way to show proper progression and therapeutic benefit of the services performed?
Documentation
Re-evaluations are necessary to prove the continued medical necessity of the care. Keep in mind that payers have enhanced claim edits for separate and distinct service modifiers such as -25 and -59. Every time they delay your payment, they are making more money. The key is knowing individual payer policies and learning how to fight the denials effectively.
Coding
We have all lost something at some point in time. Losing function is often overlooked by the patient as “normal.” However, it is not normal, and to create documentation of an initial visit of an episode of care, the doctor must establish what function that patient has lost.
Documentation
We frequently find providers overbilling the 98943 when extraspinal adjustments are part of their philosophy and protocol. Likewise, we find some providers are not billing 98943 when the documentation supports the service. Let's learn when and where to use 98943 when adjusting areas outside of the spine.
Coding
Do you find yourself forgetting to change box 14? Have you ever changed box 14? Let's learn when and why to change box 14 while considering certain situations when you do not use the first treatment date of THIS episode of care
KMC University Library
Many people have service animals, while some have hand guns. While we worry about the safety and our concern for all of our patient and staff, what do you do when someone wants to bring something extra along?
Coding
One area repeatedly missing in the documentation of a treatment plan is established short-term and long-term goals. Did you know that you are much more likely to reach your goals if you write them down? There are tools available to help you establish these essential pieces of initial visit documentation.
Documentation
Staying clean is imperative to good health just as clean notes are imperative to proper documentation. Properly using the right kind of SOAP on every visit can ensure the integrity of your notes. Know "What" you are doing and "Why" you are doing it. Keep it clean.
Coding
Five thousand doctors in Illinois have received a letter from the Special Investigations Unit regarding outlier coding and billing.
Documentation
Ever hear this, “It just started hurting Doc, nothing happened!”? Something happened, and to properly document medical necessity and bill a third-party payer, there must be a mechanism or injury.
Coding
While magic disappearing acts are fascinating to watch and often leave you intrigued, the disappearing patient not only leaves you wondering what happened but at risk when you don't stick a pin in it. What is "it"? The episode of care. Don't have a dangling participle. Instead, bring the patient's last visit closer to the end of the episode of care and put a pin in it.
Compliance Basics
According to MultiState Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) an advisory was released in late May and again on June 14th for iOS users about an exploit that may have already impacted devices
Documentation
Did you realize there are rules regarding how long you have to document for a visit? Not only are there time limits, but you also cannot bill for services not written. Timely documentation = timely payment. If you are feeling overwhelmed, let us help.
Medicare
Prepayments are always a financial benefit if permitted in your state, and the clinic follows the rules. As a result, patients seem to adhere better to the treatment plan. The uncomfortable discussion of money is out of the way...
Finances
We go to the restaurant and tip the waiter/waitress. We go to the spa and tip the hair dresser. We have food delivered to our house and we tip the driver. But can the massage therapist in your office accept a tip? Let's see what Kathy has to say on the subject.
Medicare
The payer's definition of medical necessity is the key element in compliant third-party billing. Consider it the rule-book that is provided for the practice to follow to know when to expect payment from the payer vs. the patient. Understanding Medicare's medical necessity definition is critical because so many other payers use that one as a basis.
Documentation
Documenting time in the patient note is always needed. But, when is it only for proper documentation standards? Or when is it used to determine the units provided? Not all services that take time in your office are billed per unit.
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