Author | Ray Painter, MD


23 years of helping urologists play physicians’ Monopoly

January 14, 2020

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who have read my “Coding and Reimbursement” and “Coding Q&A” articles for the past 23 years.

2020 final rule reveals small gains for urology reimbursement

December 05, 2019

Urology will make a modest gain overall in the 2020 final rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, although the truly significant changes won’t be felt until 2021.

Cystoscopy plus patient discussion: Can –25 modifier be used?

November 25, 2019

"If the specific time spent discussing the disease and the appropriate treatment was not documented, then be sure that your documentation meets the criteria (history, physical examination, and medical decision-making) separate from any criteria performed to make sure the patient was prepared and able to have the procedure," write the Painters.

ICD-10/CPT updates involve coding for strictures, orchiopexy

November 13, 2019

"One of the common issues we have noted for urology practices in updating ICD-10 codes is not the electronic medical record or practice management system failing to load new codes; rather, it is a failure to update templates," write Ray Painter, MD, and Mark Painter.