Archive for the ‘Ask the Codeheads’ Category

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Medical record compliance audits are looming

November 25, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy (MPPR), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and International Classification of Diseases 10th edition (ICD-10) are all hot topics that will continue to impact our practices. Read the rest of this entry ?

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When it’s OK to discount, how to bill for foreign-body removal

October 25, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

This month’s column will answer some of the common questions about discounts and billing we receive from colleagues from across the country. If you have any particular billing and coding questions, email us at askthecodingexperts@excelod.com. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ask the Coding Experts: Frequently Asked Questions

September 24, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

This month’s column will review some of the common questions we receive from colleagues from across the country. Many of these questions are issues facing numerous offices, so you are not alone. If you have any particular billing and coding questions, email them to us at askthecodingexperts@ excelod.com. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Billing for visual aids FAQ

August 26, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

In this month’s Ask the Codeheads, we address a few commonly asked questions related to Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Are you getting ready? Prep your practice for ICD-10

August 8, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Chuck Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

Whether your practice has begun to prepare or not, the U. S. health care system will formally adopt the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS) Oct. 1, 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Read the rest of this entry ?

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Contact lens codes: Make the most of your contact lens services for your patients—and your practice

July 12, 2013

By Jason Miller, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultant

In the face of health care reform, contact lenses are vitally important to the optometric business model. Advanced contact lens materials, designs and solution systems have improved optometrists’ ability to provide a comfortable contact lens wearing experience—but being able to properly code and be reimbursed for your time, expertise and materials is critical to success. Read the rest of this entry ?

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No member is an island: FAQs answered by rapid-fire coding consultants

May 13, 2013

By Walt Whitley, O.D., Jason Miller, O.D., and Charles Brownlow, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical & records consultants

This has been quite a busy year addressing numerous coding and billing questions from colleagues across the county. Questions about 2013 Medicare updates, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the impact of sequestration are all real concerns for our profession. The good news is the AOA and AOAExcel™ are staying ahead of the game to provide and educate you on how these issues affect your practices and your patients. You should never feel you are on an island if you have questions! The AOA and state affiliates are available to provide numerous resources and timely updates as they become available. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Auto-populating + copy/paste = higher audit risk

April 10, 2013

Edited by Jason Miller, O.D., AOAExcel™ medical records and coding consultant

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looking to recover a large amount of cash from medical record audits, physicians need to take a proactive approach to improving record-keeping. With many optometrists transitioning to electronic health records (EHRs) in the past few years and many others looking to convert in the near future, it is important to take a step back and take a good look at the logic of medical records. Knowledge is power, and we encourage doctors and staff to look inside your medical records in 2013 to evaluate how your practice will stand up to a payer audit. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Continue ICD-10 preparations

April 10, 2013

ICD-10 doesn’t go into effect until Oct. 1, 2014, which makes 2013 a very good time to become acquainted with the new system and to begin thinking about what you will need to do to ensure all doctors and staff are ready when the deadline arrives. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Confessions of medical records ‘experts’

March 18, 2013

Edited by Chuck Brownlow, O.D., Medical Records consultant, AOAExcel

There seems to be an abundance of people around health care calling themselves “experts” or who are referred to by others as “experts.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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