|In print and
online and specific to your field! Facilities from all over the
country place ads in For The Record to find candidates like YOU! When searching for your next job,
check out the career opportunities section in the pages of For The Record magazine and visit the For The Record Online Job Bank, located at AlliedHealthCareers.com.
Online, you can search jobs anonymously, post your resume, and
apply to jobs instantaneously!
How frequently do you visit hospitals’ social networking sites (eg, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook)?
B. Once per month
C. Once per week
March 2 Issue:
Process Mapping and the Revenue Cycle
Having problems receiving proper reimbursement for ambulatory services? By analyzing the process in great detail, you just may find the answer.
Telemedicine: Miles Don’t Matter
No longer an anomaly, various forms of connected health, including remote monitoring, are reshaping ideas on how providers can give consumers quality, convenient care.
Have a new
product you want to market or an open position that you need to
fill quickly? For The Record offers
many flexible advertising programs designed to maximize your results.
From print advertising to E-newsletter sponsorships, Web site
advertising to direct mail opportunities, For The
Record helps achieve your goals. E-mail our experienced
account executives today for more information or call 800-278-4400!
AlliedHealthCareers.com is the premier online resource to recruit HIM professionals. Post
your open positions, view resumes and showcase your facility's
offerings all at AlliedHealthCareers.com!
To unsubscribe from this mailing list,
simply send a message to FTR_Newsletter@gvpub.com with "Unsubscribe"
in the subject line.
To change your e-mail address, please visit
our Web site to unsubscribe your old address
and sign up with your new one.
In these shaky economic times, everyone’s looking to gain a little extra financial edge. What if physician practices could produce accurate bills and be paid before the patient leaves the office? This month’s E-News Exclusive examines that possibility.
Getting Real About Real-Time Adjudication
By Kendra Obrist
As with any business, the current economic climate has taken its toll on physician practices, as many find reimbursements decreasing while accounts receivables increase. This is especially true within the small, one- to five-provider offices that employ the majority of U.S. clinicians. More troubling, reimbursements will likely fall more. In a recent survey by The Physicians’ Foundation, 82% of physicians said their practices would be unsustainable if proposed cuts to Medicare reimbursement were approved. At the same time, increased health insurance costs have brought about the emergence of the patient as the payer. Today, self-pay, in which a patient is responsible to pay for the care he or she receives, represents a significant portion of the provider’s total billings.
McKinsey & Company estimates that patient pay will account for 35% of provider revenue by 2010. This shift represents a major business challenge for physicians, since historically practices collect less than 25 cents of every self-pay dollar. To sustain their practices and provide patients with quality care, physicians and practice managers need to develop a strategy to increase self-pay collections.
The Joint Commission to Include Patient Satisfaction Data on Site
People seeking information about how patients perceive the care they received at a particular hospital can now find this information on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check Web site at www.qualitycheck.org.
The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site is now posted on Quality Check and will be updated quarterly.
The Record's online
gift shop features a wide variety of items for HIM professionals
for any occasion. Whether you are searching for products to give
friends or colleagues, hand out to clients, or wear yourself,
finding the right gifts is easy and affordable at For The
Record's online gift shop. Choose from t-shirts, journals,
clocks, buttons, mouse pads, and much more! Check out our secure
online shop today or call toll-free 877-809-1659 for easy and
|Ask the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question? Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
This month’s selection:
Is there a specific CPT code for an MRI of sacrum/coccyx? If not, would 76498 for an unlisted MRI procedure be appropriate?
Jolyn B. Tyson, RN, BSN, CHCQM, FAIHQ
Revenue integrity auditor
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
This is how pelvis is defined in Dorland’s Medical Dictionary:
The inferior portion of the trunk of the body, bounded anteriorly and laterally by the two hip bones and posteriorly by the sacrum and coccyx. The pelvis is divided by a plane passing through the terminal lines into the p. major superiorly and the p. minor inferiorly. The superior boundary of the pelvic cavity is the inlet (apertura pelvis superior [TA]), and the inferior boundary of the pelvis minor is the outlet (apertura pelvis inferior [TA]), which is bounded by the coccyx, the symphysis pubis, and the ischium of either side. The outlet is closed by the coccygeus and levator ani muscles and the perineal fascia, which form the floor of the pelvis.
For further reference, the 3M codefinder gives "sacrum" as an example when doing a search for MRI of the pelvis.
Since MRI of the pelvis includes the sacrum and coccyx, I’d say that 76498 is not appropriate.
72195 MRI imaging, pelvis; without contrast material(s);
72196 MRI imaging, pelvis; with contrast material(s);
72197 MRI imaging, pelvis; without contrast material(s), followed by contrast material(s) and further sequences;
If the provider additionally uses 3D rendering, interpretation, and reporting, requiring image postprocessing on an independent workstation, add 76377 as an additional code, or add 76376 instead if the 3D rendering, etc is without the need for the independent workstation.
— Judy Sturgeon, CCS, is the hospital coding senior manager at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and a contributing editor at For The Record. While her initial education was in medical technology, she has been in hospital coding and appeal management for 20 years.