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Pulmonology Coding Alert

Compliance:
Tighten Your Pulmonologist’s E/M Selection to Avoid Landing on CMS’ List of Errors
Plus: Pulmonologists logged high error rates when billing subsequent hospital care. Becau... Read more
Check out CMS’ Review Criteria
CMS identified a total of $28.9 billion in total improper payments among providers sampled... Read more
Diagnosis Coding:
Seeing COPD Patients? Consider These 5 Important Tips
Hint: Signs and symptoms codes might suit some cases best. Chronic obstructive pulmonary ... Read more
Patient Privacy:
Plan to Keep Patient Information Secure in 2020 With 7 Quick Tips
Hint: In some cases, you may have to consult an expert. As your pulmonology practice gets... Read more
Reader Question:
Quell Billing Woes for SNF Patients
Question: We saw a patient last month to treat her for emphysema and we didn't realize she... Read more
Reader Question:
Get the Scoop on Bilateral Modifiers
Question: Our pulmonologist biopsied the bronchioalveolar regions of a patient's left and ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Identify Tests Used for Cystic Fibrosis Dx
Question: We just saw a patient with cystic fibrosis (CF) and the physician performed a pa... Read more
Test Yourself:
Can You Code This Respiratory Distress Encounter?
Read the medical note and determine which codes you would report. Sometimes it can be cha... Read more
Virtual Care:
Check These Best Practices for Billing Telehealth Services
Hint: Not every patient will be eligible for these services. Most pulmonology practices h... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Are E/M Changes on the Horizon?
Question: We have heard conflicting reports about whether big changes are coming to E/M pa... Read more
Reader Question:
Is This Patient New?
Question: We know a new patient is one that our pulmonologist hasn't seen in the past thre... Read more
Reader Question:
Time Can Be Used to Determine Inpatient E/M Level
Question: Our physician saw a COPD patient in the hospital at the request of the hosp... Read more
Reader Question:
Look to 95803 for Actigraphy Tests
Question: Our pulmonologist used actigraphy to evaluate an asthma patient for sleep d... Read more
Reader Question:
Here’s What to Collect for Stored Credit Cards
Question: We recently had a consultant come in to evaluate our accounts receivables a... Read more