Medicare Provides Guidance on Facet Joint Injection Billing

Medicare has found that insufficient documentation is a common cause for improper payments for facet joint injection procedures. This is according to a recent issue of Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter, a newsletter from CMS developed to help providers to avoid common billing errors and other erroneous activities when dealing with the Medicare Program. The […]

CMS Publishes January 2017 Medical Billing Errors Newsletter

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published its latest Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter, which provides guidance to address medical billing process errors. The newsletter is designed to identify common billing errors and other erroneous activities when dealing with the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) Program. Topics discussed in the January 2017 issue include the […]

Rhode Island Working to Address Surprise Medical Billing

Rhode Island has become the latest state to take steps in an effort to address the ongoing challenge of surprise bills for medical services. As the Providence Journal reports, state lawmakers are sponsoring legislation that would provide for a dispute resolution process for emergency services and surprise bills for medical services performed by nonparticipating (i.e., […]

CMS Increases Definitive Drug Testing Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will increase reimbursement for toxicology drug confirmation codes in 2017. Background For 2016, CMS implemented four new HCPCS G codes for definitive drug testing: G0480 G0481 G0482 G0483 CMS priced these codes using a crosswalking fo rmula. The first two tests performed were paid at the full […]

CMS Updates ESRD Prospective Payment System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule that updates payment policies and rates under the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for renal dialysis services furnished to beneficiaries on or after January 1, 2017. The rule also finalizes new quality measures for dialysis facilities treating patients with ESRD. […]

Chiropractic Billing in the Regulatory Spotlight

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a 2016 final report on Medicare payments for chiropractic services. In its review, OIG included chiropractic services for CY 2013 for which Medicare Part B paid approximately $438 million. On the basis of its sample results, OIG estimated that approximately $359 million, or approximately 82 percent, of […]

Laboratory Medical Billing Compliance Fact Sheet for Urine Drug Screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new provider compliance fact sheet concerning laboratory billing. More specifically, the fact sheet concerns requisitions or orders for urine drug screening laboratory tests. The fact sheet noted that a HHS report revealed “laboratory tests – other,” which includes drug screenings, had an improper payment […]