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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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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 […]

Proof of Delivery Forms

Proof of Delivery: Part 4

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require that DME suppliers maintain proof that any item dispensed was received by the beneficiary in the form of a Proof of Delivery document. This document must be maintained for at least seven years.  This could be requested by DMEMACs, recovery auditors, supplemental medical review contractors, or […]

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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 […]

A- Modifier

Billing For Surgical Dressings: A- Modifiers

One of the most important steps to ensure clean billing of surgical dressings is the appropriate use of the A- modifier.  The A- modifier must be used to indicate two things: Is the dressing billed for a primary or secondary dressing? How many wounds are being treated with the dispensed dressing?  An important differentiation is […]

Dr. Jeffrey D. Lehrman, DPM, FASPS, MAPWCA, CPC

Separately Identifiable E/M Demystified

Does dispensing surgical dressings at the same encounter as an ulcer debridement count as an evaluation and management (E/M)? Short answer: Probably not. Longer answer: It depends. It depends on what was performed, documented, and medically necessary.  You can submit an E/M at the same time as a debridement (or any procedure) if—and only if—an […]