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How Much Are You Getting Paid For That? Part II

In last month’s post, we provided the information needed to access the current durable medical equipment (DME) and / or prosthetics (DMEPOS) fee schedule.  When opening the file for the current fee schedule, the HCPCS codes are listed from top to bottom in column A.  The reimbursement dollar value is listed for each state from […]

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6 Ways to Practice Smarter

In my previous blog, I discussed knowing your numbers to maintain a robust bottom line. Here are other practice management tips that can dramatically increase your bottom line. You must see patients. I am all for vacations and time off to recharge, but I find that some doctors take too many days off or reduce […]

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How Much Are You Getting Paid For That? Part I

This should not be a guessing game, nor should it be a mystery.  Knowing what your reimbursement should be for a service is an important tool in planning treatments and in checking your Explanation of Benefits (EOBs).  This is the case with evaluation and management services, procedures, and durable medical equipment, including both surgical dressings […]

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Time to Start Using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have removed social security-based claim numbers from Medicare cards and are instead using Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) for Medicare transactions.  All Medicare beneficiaries have received their MBIs, and it is important to collect that information. Physicians must start using the MBI instead of the social security number […]

A Medical Practice is a Business

You want to be a physician and only a physician.  You want to see your patients and go home at the end of the day.  The last thing you want to do is deal with the business aspect of your practice. This is not why you went to medical school, and frankly, you don’t have […]

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Get Ready! Additions to Pressure Ulcer Coding Coming Soon

Surgical dressings can be used for all types of qualifying ulcers.  This includes arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and pressure ulcers.  It is important to use the correct diagnosis codes for each of these ulcer types.  Diabetic foot ulcer codes should start with L97-.  Stasis ulcer codes begin with I83-. L89- codes are […]

Dispensing Primary and Secondary Dressings With Different Change Frequencies

When dispensing surgical dressings, it is important to differentiate between primary and secondary dressings and to use them in conjunction when indicated. PRIMARY DRESSINGS Primary dressings are therapeutic or protective and can be applied directly to ulcers. SECONDARY DRESSINGS Secondary dressings are needed to secure and/or aid in the function of a primary dressing. A […]

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The Face-To-Face Examination Requirement

Among the requirements that must be satisfied when dispensing surgical dressings and compression garments is a face-to-face (FTF) examination.  This FTF exam must take place within six months of the time the order is written for the surgical dressing(s) or compression garment.  It is acceptable if the FTF exam takes place on the same day […]