09/26/18 | Scam audio flyer Fionexia - please don't sign up

It has come to my attention that there is a flyer (from Fionexia) that is going out from a company that is fraudualent and stating I am doing an audio for them.  Please do not sign up it is a scam.  The audio they are advertising was done for AudioEducator.com. It appears if you pay for it you may not get anything for your pay!!!

Scam audio flyer Fionexia - please don't sign up
08/11/18 | Margie Vaught Newsletters

Now you can access and download the newsletters directly from this site. 

Margie Vaught Newsletters
07/20/18 | 2019 Proposed Fee schedule released

Proposed 2019 Fee Schedule is out – hang on to your seats…

CMS released the 12th of July the proposed changed for the physician fee schedule for 2019 (https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2018-Press-releases-items/2018-07-12.html).

2019 Proposed Fee schedule released
07/20/18 | CPT updates policy of 63047 with 22633

CPT updates their policy regarding nerve root decompressions and interbody fusions

AANS, NASS and AAOS have been working hard on getting CPT to change their previous October 2016 CPT Assistant regarding nerve root decompression 63047 and interbody fusion 22633 being inclusive

CPT updates policy of 63047 with 22633
03/05/18 | Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion

You may have been experiencing feedback from a facility when trying to schedule your total knee replacements as inpatients. 

Total knee arthroplasty (27447) removed from Inpatient only list – causing confusion
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
Archive - See All Entries

* A Manual to Orthopedic Terminology 7th edition, by Fred RT Nelson ISBN: 978-0-323-04503-2 - http://www.us.elsevierhealth.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780323045032

E/M Bell Curve book:http://www.codingbooks.com/2019-em-bell-curve-auditing-sourcebook

* http://www.codingbooks.com/2019-cpt-coding-essentials-orthopedics-upper

* http://www.codingbooks.com/2019-cpt-coding-essentials-orthopedics-lower

* NASS 2018 Common Coding Spinal Scenarios - https://www.spine.org/ProductDetails?productid={28D576E9-A544-E811-8121-0050569159BF}

* Foot/ankle/toes - Podiatry - www.codingline.com

* Abbreviations - http://www.medabbrev.com/index.cfm?neilmdavis

* CMS fee look up - https://www.cms.gov/apps/physician-fee-schedule/overview.aspx

* Great site for cages and separate plates - http://www.medicalexpo.com/medical-manufacturer/lumbar-interbody-fusion-cage-28427-_2.html

Additional Resources:

  1. “AAOS Complete Global Service Data for Orthopaedic Surgery”, Ed. 2018.  Or CodeX 2018 - https://www.aaos.org/store/product/?productId=11000735&ssopc=1

  2. AAPC – at www.aapc.com or 1-800-626-2633

  3. CMS Program Memoshttp://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/index.html?redirect=/manuals/

  4. Gray’s Anatomy on line http://www.bartleby.com/107/

  5. OIG website https://oig.hhs.gov/

  6. CMS website http://www.cms.gov/

  7. OIG Fraud and Abuse department https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/

  8. OIG semiannual report regarding coding errors and more https://oig.hhs.gov/reports-and-publications/oas/index.asp  

  9. Improper FY 2001 Medicare http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/cms/a0102002.htm

  10. Improper FY 2000 Medicare http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/afma/a0002000.htm

  11. Improper FY 1999 Medicare Fee-for Service Payments http://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/afma/a9901999.htm

  12. Medicare Learning Network  http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/index.html?redirect=/MLNMattersArticles/ 

  13. Medical Compliance Training http://www.medicalcompliancetraining.com/