07/10/17 | New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 

You will want to update your bone marrow aspiration coding for 2018 as well as some adipose-derived cell therapy for hands

New Category III codes effective Jan 1st, 2018
 
07/10/17 | Spinal surgery
 

If you do any spinal surgery you want to be aware of the Medicare changes that are taking place regarding number of levels, number of cages as well as diagnosis issues.

Spinal surgery
 
06/10/16 | CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
  Unspecified ICD-10 codes be careful
CMS starting to list ICD-10s not covered
 
07/09/15 | Total joint issues from CMS
  Total joint issues from CMS
Total joint issues from CMS
 
12/31/14 | Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
  Medicare wants claims held starting Jan 1, 2015
Holding claims and fee schedule issues for 2015
 
08/20/14 | Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
Medicare finally catching on that modifier 59 is not enough
 
07/22/14 | Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
Keep an eye on your private payer contracts..
 
07/22/14 | Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
Proposed 2015 Fee Schedule is out
 
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"What a wonderful conference you put together this year (2014).  This was my first conference and I am so pleased I was able to go and meet you and sit with you, you are an amazing educator!  Thank you so much for your wealth of information." Jerome from New York

"What a wonderful conference you put together this year (2014).  This was my first conference and I am so pleased I was able to go and meet you and sit with you, you are an amazing educator!  Thank you so much for your wealth of information." Yvette from South Carolina

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"I first want to say I really learned a lot at the conference in Las vegas. I am a new coding educator for both our Ortho and Podiatry practice's and need to learn as much as I can.  And again I cant wait to go to next years conference!" Melanie

"Margie what an valuable resource you are. You are at the top of your profession and so knowledgable and up-to-date on the new/updated information coming out regarding coding and billing. I feel so very fortunate I ran across your website and am passing this information along to all I know. "I've been going through your book, Advanced Coding Education Guide for Orthopedics (https://store.decisionhealth.com/Product.aspx?ProductCode=H5265). THANK YOU!
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I would recommend this book to everyone on the forum. I've been in this line of work longer that I care to admit and I'm still learning. Thanks to you the learning is less difficult. I can't thank you enough. Patti"

As I’ve said before many times, you are the professional we all strive to be for any and all information regarding correct procedural coding. I have learned so much from you and you make us all aware of how important is to stay on top of the game because of the ever changing industry we work in." amcalevy

  "I also greatly appreciate your quality of information, and the supporting sources of documentation, and where we can find these.  Thank you for all the work you do training and assisting coders.  I have heard past presentations given by you, and always have learned many things and have good supporting documentation when discussing areas of concerns with supervisors and providers.  Judy, CPC"

"You're an ortho coding goddess. Thank you for always helping me. April

"you go above and beyond with your answers. You are worth a million dollars to me. Chris"

"Thank you so much Margie. You have been a great help and wonderful source of information. As Always, you are greatly appreciated. Respectfully, Sugar"

 

"Margie --- you are such a wonderful help!  I knew you would have the low down on this [issues]! We couldn’t imagine doing our job around here without you in this industry! Thank you for being available and always willing to offer expertise. Angela"

"Dear Margie, I attended the ASC Coding & beyond seminar in Las Vegas on 12-7-09 and had the privilege of attending several of your presentstation.  You are awesome Girl!!!  You were the best one there, and yes I did attend a couple of others, but I don't know who can compare to you.  You are a dynamic speaker, you keep everyone involved and you know your stuff.  I felt so lucky to have finally gotten the opportunity to be a part of one of your seminars.  Also, you are so lucky to have chosen a field which you obviously excell in and enjoy and keep the rest of us on the straight and narrow. Thanks so much for all you do for the medical field.  I truly think you are one in a million or right at the top of the rest. amcalevy"

"Margie, A huge thanks to you for taking the time and effort to review the scenario outlined,  respond and also include references for support. Cynthia"

"Thanks Margie for all of your help.  You are TERRIFIC!!!!  I hope you know how much all of us in the coding/billing arena appreciate your expertise! Tracy"

"Margie - I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed the conference sessions I've attended in the past. I learned more from your conferences than from any other - both you and Stanley. I'm leaving Orthopedic coding for Family Practice coding and I just wanted you to know how helpful you were to me in the past and I will miss attending future sessions. Kathie"

"Just wanted you to know how much I admire your knowledge and depth of coding.  If I could have just a 1/4 of your knowledge, wow would I be flying high.   My aim is to be the best coding specialist I can be but it seems as though I'm always coming across some difficult (to me) operative report or new wording the surgeon has used, etc., and then I'm really thrown for a loop, and I'm back to thinking wow "you don't know as much as what you thought".  But, after reading the many articles you have authored and taught, and I see your responses to questions, I get rejuvented again and off I go again trying to soak up the wealth of knowledge you continue to pass along to all of us.  When I run across some article you have written I find on google, you have made my day.  I would have given up on this coding business a long time ago.  Hope you accept the praise people give to you, because you truly are amazing at the knowledge you have and where you are today." Andy 

"Some of our staff brought their hand-outs back and I have enjoyed reviewing the material. I have heard you speak several times myself and I could imagine you presenting the material with your sense of humor, adding emphasis at all the right moments as I read the hand-out. You truly know what we deal with when we try to convince the doctors they need to do something different. " Natalie

"Thanks so much for your time and consideration.  I just want you to know you are my hero in the coding world.  Ive been in orthopaedics for 12 years and worked exclusively in spine coding for 5 of those years.  This is my first stint with a trauma guy, though.  It just amazes me all the knowledge youve obtained in this area.  I love to read your articles and your posts on Part B and Ortho List  and, I thoroughly enjoyed your teleconference and was glad you didnt have to do it on the side of the road from your cell phone J  Take care.  Vicki, CPC

"Margie, Just wanted to thank you and let you know how much I enjoyed the conference with you did in Las Vegas earlier this month.  You are just a fountain information.  You have no idea how refreshing it is to attend a seminar and come home feeling that it was worth the money spent.   My orthopedic office will now be subscribing to the Orthopedic Coder's Pink Sheet just to hear what you have to say.  Hopefully, you won't mind if I email you for some orthopedic coding advice in the future.  Once again -- you were just "great"! -- Debi from NY

"Girl, you really are great at what you do.  My associates and I (7 total) enjoyed your seminar tremendously (despite the fact that it was on the first Sunday of the year).  You are so much fun to listen to present and you really give out great infomation (which could be very dry) while keeping your audience captive.  You are a gifted speaker. It is always a pleasure seeing you, - Maria from HI"

"I admire your knowledge so much and appreciate what you do.  My co-worker and me have been to another one of your workshops in the past and have enjoyed you so much.  Your very witty and you make the class fun to attend.  You are amazing...to have that knowledge. I admire you for what you do and would like to know how in the world you do it.  How do you do it anyway? You must have a photographic memory to remember all the things you do. Thank you again  - Jana"

"Your website is GREAT!!!!!   You have a vast knowledge of coding and compliance and I appreciate you sharing this with me.  I have learned so much from you already and look forward to each day learning more!!!!" mj

 

"It was great to put a face to a name...from now on, I  will picture your fun loving spirit with the replies....It came across that you LOVE what you do....so much passion in coding.    You were a hoot!.  I learned so much from you in such a short time. The time flew by!!  You are a great presenter with a wonderful personality.  I hope to be like you one day......capturing the audience and making them want more!!! "  - Carmen

 "I attended your AWESOME seminar on Friday, 9/15 at Mercy Hall.  I admire your knowledge and practical teaching in lay terms.  It probably was one of the best seminars that I have been to!"  - Ann

"I recently attended your AAPC Workshop (Chart Auditing), and just wanted to thank you again for coming.  I had so much fun, and learned so much.  You can really work a room, girl." - Jolie