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Spine practices may lose money when they do not bill for consults

Spine Surgery Today, September/October 2016

In this Spine Coding Source column, Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP, combine coding pearls with information related to billing and revenue collection. It is important for health care providers to be aware of coding changes and to differentiate whether they apply to government or private payers or both.

Medicare eliminated payment for consultations in 2010, which resulted in significant revenue losses for spine surgeons and all specialists. All office consultations for Medicare patients became a new or established patient, or an emergency department visit if the patient was seen in the emergency department, which is an outpatient facility.

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Insertion and bone grafting coding questions answered

Spine Surgery Today, March/April 2015
Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC; Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC
This article will focus on answers to questions related to the most common coding conundrums that spine surgeons face. Accurate coding, especially in spine, is sometimes…
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Follow an eight-step formula for correct spine coding

Spine Surgery Today, September/October 2014
Teri Romano; Kim Pollock
As part of the new Spine Coding Source column, Spine Surgery Today will begin discussing relevant spine coding issues for surgeons. We hope this new feature will…
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Approach matters: How the type of spine surgery impacts code selection

Spine Surgery Today, January/February 2015
Teri Romano, RN, MBA, CPC; Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC
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