The information presented herein reflects general information that is current as of the date it was first published. Please check with your individual legal and/or compliance advisor(s) prior to taking any significant actions based upon the information and advice presented.
Know Your Billing Rules for Locum Tenens
Jul. 17, 2018 – Thinking of taking some time off? A substitute physician, known as a ‘locum tenens’, can be hired to take over his/her practice when they are absent for reasons such as illness, pregnancy, vacation or continuing medical education. There are a few rules of which to be aware.
Sterilization or Hysterectomy Consents – Incomplete Forms Cause Anesthesia Denials
Jul. 3, 2018 – Many Medicaid programs require a completed and signed consent form prior to sterilization or hysterectomy being performed. It makes sense that the surgeon’s services would be denied without these, but did you know that anesthesia providers will also not be paid?
Endoscopy Billing Just Got More Complicated
Jan. 9, 2018 – If billing and reimbursement for endoscopies wasn’t already frustrating for anesthesia professionals, this year brings a multitude of changes! The old ASA codes for endoscopy (00740 and 00810) have been deleted and replaced with several new codes (00731, 00732, 00811, 00812, 00813).
Ultrasound Guidance – Requirements for Compliant Billing
Oct. 4, 2017 – The permanent image recording, as well as the written report, are an integral part of this service. Without them, you cannot bill it.
Documenting Relief Times for Anesthesia Providers
Aug. 14, 2017 – It may seem like a small thing, but correctly documenting anesthesia relief time (when one provider comes into the OR to relieve another) can significantly reduce your compliance risk, while saving you and your billing office a great deal of time and energy.