Billing, collection and practice management for anesthesia and pain management groups.

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Billing, collection and practice management for anesthesia and pain management groups.


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  • COVID-19: Practical Recommendations For Your Anesthesia Practice
    Feb. 24, 2021 – During this time of uncertainty, it is important to have protocols in place to use as a guide throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This article will provide an overview of recommendations prepared by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

  • COVID-19 Critical Care Time Documentation
    May. 15, 2020 – Although Covid-19 is affecting each anesthesia practice in widely varied levels of severity, in continued response to this rapidly evolving crisis, we at PPM felt that it would be beneficial to provide an outline of the most up to date guidance for billing critical care services and line placement, particularly with regard to time documentation.  The guidelines are lengthy, but they are condensed here into bullet point lists for convenience and ease of use.  

  • COVID-19 Documentation Requirements
    Apr. 23, 2020 – With the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund, comes a new reporting requirement.  Providers need to make sure they are documenting all COVID-19 patients that they are treating.  There are a few ways that anesthesia providers can help to ensure that all these cases are captured accurately. 

  • New CPT Modifier Rule: Add-on Codes - Bilateral (50) -vs- Right (RT) and Left (LT)
    Feb. 18, 2020 – As if pain management billing wasn’t complex enough, now the AMA has changed the guidelines for bilateral procedures.  Certain interventional pain management procedures will be affected by the new guidelines.  Do you know which ones? 

  • New Pain Management Codes: Genicular Nerves and SI Joint Nerves
    Jan. 15, 2020 – This year’s publication of CPT contains 4 new procedure codes for pain management. They are for procedures which have been performed without the benefit of specific codes for some time now.  Two of the codes are for procedures on the genicular nerve branches, a nerve block and a nerve destruction.  The other two codes are for procedures on the nerves innervating the sacroiliac joint, again, a nerve block and a nerve destruction code.

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