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Even though it is not a requirement, it would be good practice to use some documentation, such as an Advance Beneficiary Notice, to notify patients that they will need to pay
An expert from ACP's Regulatory and Insurer Affairs section clarifies what codes to use when admitting and discharging patients across the span of several days, and how to handle observation status depending upon how much time is spent.
New CPT codes took effect Jan. 1, so our coding expert tells you where to look for commonly used codes.
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A: It's better for each practice to make the code changes now. ... Obsolete ICD-9 codes could result in denied or rejected claims. You should review the entire set of updates, select the ones that are relevant to your practice, and implement them
Start by examining documentation for the most frequently used codes in the practice, and work with coding staff to determine if the documentation would be specific and detailed enough to select ... However, CMS will allow the physician or practice to
ACP disputes the relative values assigned to observation care codes, believing that they do not fully account for the physician work involved in providing the services. But CMS finalized the relative values at the disputed levels. ACP advocacy and
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Compliance with the switch to ICD-10 diagnosis coding has been delayed to Oct. 1, 2014. The delay will let doctors, software developers and vendors fully test the new coding set in the office setting.
Internists can use new procedure codes to be paid for the increasingly common service of evaluation and managing a patient after their admission to observation status in a hospital.