Difficulty-Breathing-Blog-02-13-2015

Difficulty Breathing in an ICD-10 World

Difficulty Breathing in an ICD-10 World Like a Brick We took the time to actually pick up and carry the “ICD-10 Book” the other day. This thing is like a brick. The book could anchor a small boat! ICD-10 is the new version of the International Classification of Diseases. This is a system of codes […]

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Back-Billing-Blog-12-12-2014

The End to Medicare “Back Billing”

The End to Medicare “Back Billing” Save the Date! Mark this date on your calendar- February 3, 2015. This is the date that sweeping and historic changes will take effect for the Medicare program. Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule on the Medicare Incentive Program and […]

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Christmas-Gift-List-Blog-12-05-2014

The Ambulance Billing Office Christmas Gift List

The Ambulance Billing Office Christmas Gift List Easy to please… Now there may be those of you who differ in your opinion, but take it from those of us who have been part of an ambulance billing office for a long time, we’re actually easy to please. With that in mind,we thought we’d send out […]

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Grading-the-Quiz-Part-2-Blog-11-21-2014

Grading the Documentation Pop Quiz-Scenario 2

Grading the Documentation Pop Quiz-Scenario 2 Wrapping it up… We wrap up the Our Documentation Quiz, 3-Part series this week with our discussion of “Scenario 2.” If you missed the first week’s post that outlines Scenario 2, use the blog home page to drill down to our post two weeks ago. In the past we […]

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Grading-the-Quiz-Blog-11-14-2014

Grading the Documentation Pop Quiz-Scenario 1

Grading the Documentation Pop Quiz-Scenario 1 How did you do? Last week in this space we began a 3-part series that we entitled “Our Documentation Quiz.” If you missed it, we suggest that you skip down and read the post or you’ll be lost by reading this week’s post. We presented two hypothetical EMS scenarios […]

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Best-of-Blog-Blog-09-12-2104

The “Continuous Monitoring” Factor for Inter-facility, Non-emergency Ambulance Transports

The “Continuous Monitoring” Factor for Inter-facility, Non-emergency Ambulance Transports From the Open Door Forum One of the staples of being an ambulance biller is religiously following any information provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ambulance billers can easily follow CMS by participating in the Ambulance Open Door Forum audio-conferences. The Open […]

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Movement-Barrriers-Blog-08-01-2104

Movement Barriers and Medical Necessity

Movement Barriers and Medical Necessity Outside-the-Norm Questions Our office receives questions from our EMS agency clients, periodically, regarding patients that have some kind of movement barrier connected to the treatment/transport scenario. These are the patients that have some sort of physical or structural challenge that exists between where they reside and the point where they […]

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Read-Between-the-Lines-Blog-05-09-2014

Between the Lines

Between the Lines Never a Time We’re going to begin this post with a blunt statement. There is never a time when your ambulance billing office can read between the lines! We talk A LOT about the documentation of ambulance transports in this space. Today we’re going to get about as fundament as we can […]

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Insurance-Coverage-Doesn’t-Mean-Insurance-Payment-Blog-04-22-2016

Insurance Coverage Doesn’t Mean Insurance Payment

Insurance Coverage Doesn’t Mean Insurance Payment In the news… The local newspaper that serves the area surrounding the offices featured a story about a large hospital system in this area that is realizing significantly lower insurance payments as the effects of the Affordable Healthcare Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) kick in. “Just because there are more insured, […]

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