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How Will The New Coding Changes Affect Your Practice?

By Billie C. Bradford, MBA | 22,171 reads | 0 comments | 06/03/2003

It happens every year. All healthcare professionals have learned to anticipate annual changes in Medicare regulations, coding and reimbursement. However, this year’s delays and payment uncertainties definitely qualify 2003 as one of the worst years yet for physicians trying to do some financial planning for their practices. For starters, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2003 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Final Rule on Dec. 31, 2002, two months behind schedule.

Key Coding Insights For Skin Conditions And Wounds

By Anthony Poggio, DPM | 64,755 reads | 0 comments | 10/03/2004

Given the vast array of dermatological conditions and wounds that we see in our practices, having a strong understanding of commonly used codes for these conditions is essential but not always simple. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at coding for both common skin conditions such as verrucae and benign skin lesions, as well as coding tips for I&D procedures and wound closure. Standard billing protocols apply for selecting the appropriate E/M level for services for dermatological conditions.

A Guide To Coding For Outpatient And In-Hospital Debridement

Anthony Poggio, DPM | 90,663 reads | 2 comments | 07/27/2011

In order to ensure proper coding and timely reimbursement, it is essential to have a heightened awareness of recent changes to debridement codes. Accordingly, this author offers a closer look at the new codes and discusses criteria for selecting the proper codes.