Month: January 2012

Billing Update for Anesthesia Providers: Not-Otherwise-Classified (NOC) Codes

January 31, 2012 On January 30, 2012 Medicare amended its Not-Otherwise-Classified (NOC) code set to remove unspecified anesthesia codes (CPT’s 00100 through 01996) from the list of codes that require a specific description to be supplied in order to pass 5010 edits. While this change may seem minor, it is indeed good news for medical …

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Medicare continues to expand preventive services

January 23, 2012 Medicare’s recent policy changes reflect a heightened awareness of the value of preventive care. The newest changes include reimbursement to providers that offer alcohol misuse counseling, cardiovascular screenings, depressions screenings, and obesity screening and counseling. Additional preventive services that Medicare currently covers include annual wellness visits, abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings, bone mass …

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iPad apps for Physicians

January 19, 2012 While our medical billing team keeps on the cutting edge of technology developments on our end of the healthcare reimbursement cycle, we also want our physicians to share in the wealth of available technological resources. Smart phones and tablets are becoming widely used in healthcare, and many applications are being designed specifically …

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Relevant news for Carefirst Bluecross Blueshield Providers

January 16, 2012 As we launch into 2012, Carefirst has several new updates to their plans and policies: Carefirst recently launched its new insurance plan, HealthyBlue 2.0. For information on how to recognize this plan and how to properly bill for services, healthcare providers can sign up for free training with Carefirst. Visit www.carefirst.com/providers and …

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2012 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive

January 13, 2012 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published details regarding the 2012 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. To check these educational products out, please click here to read more.