Changes in Health Professional Shortage Areas

Significant changes have been made in the areas categorized as  Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA’s). The Health Resources and Services  Administration (HRSA) published an updated Federal Register Notice on November  3, 2011, that contains important information about new and withdrawn HPSA  designations. These changes will take effect for services provided on or after  January 1, […]

CPT Code Changes for 2012

There are several key changes in CPT codes that will affect cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, as well as cardiologists.  Here’s a summary of those key changes. Lungs and Pleura Changes have been made to this series of CPT codes in order to reflect current medical practice.    The terminology “Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS)” has been […]

Atherectomy for Supra-Inguinal Arteries

The CPT coding changes in 2011 presented many challenges, especially for those physicians performing endovascular procedures. Cardiologists saw a complete overhaul of the right and left heart catheterization codes. Those cardiologists and surgeons who perform peripheral interventions saw a new series of CPT codes referred to as Endovascular Revascularization. This new series eliminated the component […]

Flu Shots for 2011

Fall is almost here and with it comes flu season.  As you begin to provide flu shots, please remember that Medicare has created a series of Level II HCPCS codes for reporting the specific brand of vaccine supplied.  When you are selecting your billing codes, remember that you can bill for both the administration and […]

Meaningful Use for Medicare Incentive Payments

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released instructions for providers to qualify for incentive payments for the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) technology.  Provisions are in place for eligible professionals  to receive up to $44,000 in Medicare incentive payments.  Medicaid […]

ICD-10: CMS Lays Down the Facts In Recent Provider Call-In

  For those of you who are like me, whose heads are spinning from all the other changes going on in physician practice management, one of the most challenging adaptations we will go through is now hovering on the horizon, and I’ve chosen to ignore it long enough.  I’m talking about the conversion from ICD-9 […]