Auditing the Global Package

July 5, 2024    By: Mary A Curry, BS, CPC, CPMA Auditing the Global Package When auditing provider services, what is the best method to approach the concept of a global package? Some rental companies provide a renter with all-inclusive pricing for an apartment. The payment arrangement covers heating, electricity, water, and garbage for the…

G2211 Documentation & Sample Policy

Let’s Chat: Today’s Take with Shannon DeConda Topic: G2211 Documentation   It’s no secret that navigating G2211 can be challenging, especially when left without proper guidance. Unfortunately, the lack of clear direction can lead to a never-ending stream of questions and confusion. Today’s Take will provide useful information on the documentation best practices for G2211.…

Navigating E/M Reporting: Time-Based Billing and Separately Reported Services

March 29, 2024 | By: Teresa Schrage, RDCS, RVT, CPC, CPMA Reporting an E/M with separately reported services continues to be a topic of discussion amongst coders, auditors, and providers. First, let’s review what a significant, separately reported E/M is and what identifies the service. An E/M is significant and separately identifiable from a procedure/service…

Supervision of Ancillary Staff

April 26, 2024 | Sean M. Weiss, CHC, CEMA, CMCO, CPMA, CPC-P, CMPE, CPC  The perennial inquiry into the scope of services that nurses and ancillary support staff may offer under physician supervision remains a frequent topic of discussion. Furthermore, I frequently encounter situations where the concept of “incident-to” care is central to the controversy.…

Understanding Chronic and Principal Care Management Services (CCM vs. PCM)

  September 29, 2023 | By Grant Huang, CPMA, CPC If you’ve never heard of principal care management (PCM) or chronic care management (CCM) services before, you’re not alone. Medicare introduced these new benefits for Part B beneficiaries in 2021 and 2022, respectively, but the agency’s own utilization data shows that adoption has been fairly…

Break a Leg! Audit Hazards in Orthopedic Medicine

March 15, 2024 | By Sonal Patel, BA, CPMA, CPC, CMC | CEO & Principal Strategist at SP Collaborative, LLC Introduction Did you know that under-documenting poses an audit hazard for any specialty provider? This is not spoken about too loudly by payors since their primary focus is identifying overpayments, rather than underpayments. Nevertheless, I…

Evaluation and Management Services: Beyond Box Checking

February 16, 2024 | By Jennifer McNamara, CCS, CPC, CDEO, CPMA, CRC, COSC, CGSC, COPC, AAPC Approved Instructor | CEO, Healthcare Inspired, LLC Beyond Box Checking Compliance with reporting Evaluation and Management (E/M) services often takes center stage and has received much attention in recent years. They are the main revenue stream for Primary Care…

Navigating the Importance of the Diagnosis in the Audit Landscape

January 12, 2024 | Kimberly Jolivette Williams, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CCC, CEMC Navigating the Importance of the Diagnosis in the Audit Landscape: In our complex and evolving healthcare business landscape, where financial integrity and regulatory compliance are paramount, medical audits stand as a critical tool for safeguarding the fiscal health of medical practices and…