The question is no longer if health care reform will occur, but when and what it will look like.
Ray Painter, MD
The 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule was recently published, containing many important changes in reimbursement for urologists.
The regulations guiding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the establishment of the 2008 physician fee schedule remain unchanged for the most part.
Codes vary by cancer type, but liability for bladder Ca diagnosis rests with the doctor
Control of postoperative pain is usually considered follow-up care similar to wound care, removal of sutures, and other related services.
If possible, contracts based on straight percentage of Medicare should be avoided.
What is considered the usual postoperative bleeding time following a transurethral resection of the prostate?
If the conversion factor cut stands, urologists' Medicare income will decrease overall by about 5%.
What you discuss with patients and when you do it can make a difference in how you code
Instructions for coding for all Evaluation and Management (E&M) services have several elements in common. One should always base documentation and coding on the amount of work required to provide good patient care.