Reader Question: State Law Dictates Patient Dismissal Rules

Question: We have a patient who is frequently verbally abusive to our staff members. It's a problem, and we would like to dismiss him as a patient. Can we eliminate [...]

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Part B Errors: CMS: Ophthalmologists Among Specialties With Highest Error Rates for Office Visits

Don't make the same mistakes these practices did. Ophthalmologists frequently struggle with the question of whether to report eye care codes or E/M codes when treating patients, [...]

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Recovery Audit Contractors: This RAC Is Scrutinizing E/M Codes Billed With Procedures

Be completely sure modifiers 24, 25, and 57 are right for you before you employ them. Every ophthalmology practice knows that modifier 25 can be your ticket [...]

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

You Be the Coder: CMS: Don't Text Physician Orders

Question: Our physician recently texted an order for an x-ray of the orbit and the radiology provider wouldn't accept it. Can you advise? Supercoder.com Subscriber

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

ICD-10 Coding: Can You Accurately Diagnose These 3 Infrequently-Seen Eye Conditions?

Put the codes for coloboma, Behcet's Disease and more into your toolkit. You may know the asthma and COPD diagnosis codes by heart, but that doesn't mean [...]

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Code Definitive Dx, When Known

Question: Often, the physician will list several symptoms and signs that the patient is experiencing, along with a definitive diagnosis at the top of the note. Should we list all [...]

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Mind These ROS Documentation Tips

Question: What is the best way to document review of systems (ROS)? We know ancillary staff can record the ROS, but we aren't sure what the documentation has to include.

Posted on: 9 February 2018 | 4:02 am

Reader Question: Medicare Covers Some Glaucoma Screenings for Asymptomatic Patients

Question: Our office manager thinks we can only perform glaucoma services on patients who have symptoms. Is this accurate? If not, can you help explain some of the glaucoma screening [...]

Posted on: 16 January 2018 | 12:01 am

Reader Question: RACs Are Looking at This E/M Issue Now

Question: We haven't been keeping up with what the recovery audit contractors (RACs) are reviewing right now – are there any that impact E/M coding? Supercoder.com Subscriber

Posted on: 16 January 2018 | 12:01 am

Reader Question: HIPAA Rules Still Apply When Patients Pass Away

Question: How long do I need to maintain a patient's private health information after that patient dies, per Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations? Supercoder.com [...]

Posted on: 16 January 2018 | 12:01 am