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New HCPCS codes

I prepared a chart that summarizes the new HCPCS codes for 2017 for the collaborative care model/behavioral health integration, (CoCM/BHI), for the add on code for the initiating visit for CCM and for an assessment of cognitive function for patients with dementia.  If you receive my newsletter, NicolettiNotes, you saw the link to it two weeks ago.  If you don’t, you can see the chart here.

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Upcoming Webinar – New Revenue Opportunities for 2017


Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about new revenue opportunities for primary care! Join me January 24, 2017 when I will discuss new HCPCS codes for 2017 including two new codes that describe services primary care practices are doing but not getting paid for.

Can I get paid to sign the home health certification form?

CMS pays a small fee for the planning, certification, supervision and re-certification of home health services.  Don’t do the work and forget to get paid. Click the link below to watch this brief video about getting paid to sign the home health certification form.

Can I get paid to sign the home health certification form

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Keeping up to date, keeping costs low

Have you watched the two videos in this series? One was from 10,000 feet, explaining how codes and reimbursement rules result in payment.

The second was in the weeds—or rather, in the exam room—describing specific rules for selecting an E/M service based on time.

Watch the third video in this series now

Keeping up to date, keeping costs low

My new on-line, members only library provides up-to-date coding intelligence that respects your time and money.

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I’ve spoken to more than 17,100 medical professionals over the years. Physicians and coders tell me that I simplify complex coding concepts and explain them from their perspective, not coding-speak.  I wish I could come and visit all of your practices.  But, the next best thing is for you to watch the videos, listen to the podcasts, read the articles and download the billing guides I’ve put together at www.codingintel.com.

If you join by midnight, December 14, 2016, you’ll receive 20% off the price of membership. As a bonus, you’ll be automatically signed up for my January 24, 2017 webinar: “New revenue opportunities for primary care in 2017.” You’re guarantee a spot for that webinar, which is sure to sell out.

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P.S. If you missed the first two videos, you can watch them here and here, and download the supplemental resources here and here.

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Crying in the exam-can I bill a higher CPT code?

A pediatrician described this situation to me. “I’m in the exam room with a teenage girl, and she’s crying. Lots of times, the mom is in the room too, and she’s crying.  Sometimes, the dad is in the room too, and he’s crying.  Can I bill a level higher if everyone in the room is crying?”

Well, we hope the doctor isn’t crying too, but who could blame him?

Watch this video about using time to select an E/M service and download the “Definitive guide to using and documenting time.”

Crying in the exam-can I bill a higher level of service?

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