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co-hosted by: Mark, Scott and Dr. Ray Painter

Urology Coding and Reimbursement Podcast 

The Urology Coding and Reimbursement Podcast is for Urologists and urology practice staff: Administrators, APPs, Billers and Coders. We help urologists and staff achieve peak economic and practice efficiency so there is time and energy to focus on patient care and a happy life.  

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UCR 030: Happy Thanksgiving!  What we included in the agenda of the Urology Advanced Coding and Reimbursement Seminar and why

November 24, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mark, Ray, and Scott discuss the Urology Advanced Coding and Reimbursement Seminar Agenda.  Mark explains what we have included and why.  Ray emphasizes that there are a lot of big changes this year that can lead to positive outcomes for urology practices.

 

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UCR 029: As the 2nd wave of pandemic looms, what can you do in your practice if there is another shutdown or slowdown

November 17, 2020

Mark, Ray, and Scott discuss the 2nd wave of the pandemic and what that means to the urology practice. 

The first wave was dedicated to figuring out how to deal with the shutdowns/slowdowns and telehealth.  This next wave, if there is a slowdown there are some opportunities to use that time to streamline your practice.  Given the new Zoom skills we have all developed, there are opportunities to educate patients and leading to a higher return encounter.

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UCR 028: Defining Poor Business Practices and Implementing Solutions

November 10, 2020

Mark, Ray, and Scott talk with Larry Kemp, FACHE about assessing your business practices, digging deep to identify the core problem, developing a road map, and then solving the root of the problem.  Larry points out that "Being Paid is Not the Same as Paid Accurately". 

You have to make sure you efficient in the things you can control in your practice.  It is hard to extract more income from payers unless you have leverage in that market.  But you do have options to limit exposure to the bad actors.

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UCR 027: Lessons Learned from Our Workshops About the New E&M 2021 Guidelines; Vasectomy Consult - Level 2, 3, or 4? Prostate Cancer?

October 31, 2020

Mark, Ray, and Scott discuss some lessons and nuances that they learned during the discussion at the recent E&M 2021 workshops.  Mark shares the reasoning behind a vasectomy consult and what level it will probably fall with the new guidelines.  Also, he discusses the question - will all prostate cancer E&M visits be a level 4?

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UCR 026: PHE Extension; FAQs - Urology Coding and Reimbursement Group 

October 21, 2020

Mark gives an update on the status of the Public Health Emergency (PHE). Mark, Ray, and Scott discuss FAQs:

  1. Coding for a stent removal using a snare without radiologic guidance.
  2. CPT code is for the i-Tind procedure
  3. Can you code a consultation visit (non Medicare) for new patient office visit seen in the ER
  4. Additional clarification on the 25 modifier.
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UCR 025: How the Urology Advanced Coding and Reimbursement Seminar came to be and how it looks different this year

October 17, 2020

 Scott and Ray discuss the Urology Advanced Coding and Reimbursement Seminar.  Ray shares how it all began and why. They discuss how the Urology Advanced Coding Seminar is going to be different this year.  

Not only is it going to be a live virtual event but PRS has added additional products and services to help practices prepare for 2021.

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 UCR 024: Answers to questions asked on the PRS Community; News about advanced payment paybacks

October 2, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott answer questions from the Urology Coding and Reimbursement group.

Can urologist bill for Covid intake screenings? We hear from a  provider that when  patient walks in the door and we perform the  Covid intake screening ( we do these anyways), we can bill for this?
We would have to submit out Covid form, a medical form, and a SOAP note, these can be signed by an NP for submition to the insurance?

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UCR 023 - New ICD-10 Codes for Urology - Active October 1st, 2020

September 28, 2020

 

Mark, Ray, and Scott discuss the new ICD-10 codes that go into effect 10/1/20.  Make sure your Electronic Health Record and Practice Management System are up to date with the new codes.  Luckily there are not that many new codes and will not have a big impact on most urology practices.

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UCR 22: 3 Secrets PRS Uses to Develop Educational Products 

September 18, 2020

Scott shares the 3 simple steps PRS uses to create the PRS education projects.

We have, over the last 30 years, developed a system for creating education products. We used this tested and proven method to develop the upcoming E&M 2021 Live Online Workshop.

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UCR 21: 3 ways to consider incorporating telehealth in your practice now and after the Public Health Emergency

September 4 , 2020

Mark provides an overview of Telehealth utility now and post Public Health Emergency.  He shares 3 opportunities to explore using Telehealth, if you are not doing so already.

1.) Basic Telehealth - Synchronous Audio Visual

2.) Communication Technology Based Services CTBS

3.) Remote Monitoring Services

 

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UCR 20: FAQs - Question about D40.0, Neoplasm uncertain behavior of prostate? Modifier -57 v Modifier -25?

September 1, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott answer 3 questions from the Urology Coding and Reimbursement Group

  1. Scenario:
    New patient being seen via telemedicine for the first visit. Dr. has ER reports and a CT with finding of "a nodular mass-like extension from the left posterior aspect of the prostate into the seminal vesicle and an impression of "Probable prostate cancer extending into the left seminal vesicle"......
  2. Hi, dr did a laparoscopic radical nephroureterectomy for ureteral cancinoma and also a repair of a lumbar hernia
    i came up with 50548 for the nephroureterectomy but am unsure of the hernia  
    thanks.                    Read More
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UCR 19: FAQs - Can CPT code 50386 be done in the office? Can I bill CPT 55700 with 76872, 76942, 96372 & J1580?

August 24, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott answer 3 questions from the Urology Coding and Reimbursement Group

  1. Can CPT code 50386 be done in the office?  The provider wants to remove the stents without cysto  whenever possible as he says it is more comfortable for the pt and less risk of infection.   Does this still need ultrasound guidance to do in the office?  Haven't done one of these before in the office.    Please advise.  Thank you. 
  2. Good morning, new to ASC billing for my Urologist.  My doctor performed a TRUS/BX at an ASC and I am billing the facility charge....      Read More
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UCR 18: E&M 2021 Preparation Checklist - The 7 steps you need to take to ensure a smooth transition

August 14, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott discuss the 7 steps your practice needs to take to ensure a smooth transition to the new E&M rules in 2021.

  1. Choose a transition captain 
  2. Update Compliance Plan
  3.  Train the team
  4. Update Processes
  5.  EHR Template Update, Testing and Training
  6.  Estimate Financial Impact
  7.  Schedule Ongoing Training and Review

 

 

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UCR 017: 2021 CMS Proposed Rules and how they impact the Urology Practices

August 6, 2020

Mark outlines the proposed rule and the 8 items that will have the most impact on the Urology practice.

  1. Final rule posting late this year
  2. Conversion factor decreasing by 10.6%
  3. E&M 2021 changes being adopted and will include increased RVUs for the E&M codes
  4. RVUs for non-facility codes increasing enough to offset conversion factor decrease
  5. RVUs for facility procedures are all decreasing
  6. ASC payments are set to increase
  7. MIPs has a couple of changes but they are not major changes to the current program
  8. Telehealth is going to continue with the same rules during the Public Health Emergency.  Once the PHE is over then covered codes will change and be separated into 3 categories of covered codes

 

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UCR 016: FAQs - Consultation billing? Can you bill catheters and leg bags with 51702? Auditing rules for telehealth? PCNL - 50080/81 and -52?

July 31, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott discuss answer and discuss questions asked on the Urology Coding and Reimbursement Group.

Can you bill a consultation (99245) when one of our providers is sending his pt to another provider in the same group to discuss doing a RALP.  Ins  plan UMR/UHC.   I don't think you can since they are under the same Tax ID #.   The provider that did the consult says you can for a non CMS plan.  Please advise.    Thanks

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UCR 015: How do you ask the right questions to find the right solution / code?

July 17, 2020

Mark, Ray and Scott discuss how to find the right codes or solutions by asking questions.  The problem is that if you don't ask the right questions you may get the wrong solution.  

Often times in coding and reimbursement the answers are not clear, there are a lot of "gray" areas. Finding the right solution based on all the information you have, is important.  Then you need to double check by asking "does my answer make sense"?

 

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UCR 014: FAQs - Telehealth Codes for PA/NP phone only visit? 52281 and 52601 during global, bundling question.

July 10, 2020

For PA and NP phone call only visits, what codes should be used?  Additionally, can phone only codes be billed as incident to for established patients?

Good morning!
Can 52281 needing to be performed during global period of 52601 because of developed N35.811 meatal stenosis and increased self- catherizations be billed with a modifier? I am looking and the EncoderPro.com service I have through my employer says: "A modifier is not allowed to override this relationship".
Thanks again!

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UCR 013: Kidney Stone Coding - a discussion about the CPT® and CMS rules and how they impact multiple stone billing in different locations.

 Mark and Ray present the current CMS and CPT rules and how those rules affect coding for multiple stones.   As most are well aware, the rules are not always black and white and in this instance the rules leave plenty of room for interpretation.  Mark and Ray present the current rules and lay out a case for a fair interpretation based on work performed.

 

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UCR 012: Maximizing income and efficiency begins with the front office, learn what to look for and how to adjust. Interview with Larry Kemp, FACHE

 

Larry talks about how teamwork is one of the most important aspects of an efficient office.  Learn about one of the best ways to train your office.  Larry has helped many urology practices and over the years developed and tested systems and strategies to help practices of all sizes. 

How do you know when it is time to part ways with a team member? Is one employee dragging the performance of the rest of the group down? 

 

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UCR 011: The 5 most important things for Urologists to include on the home page of their website. Interview with Marketing Expert Brent Stutzman

 

Brent shares what most Urologists are missing on their website.  Do you explain what you do?  Have pictures related to your practice? Have a clear call to action?  Learn some simple changes you can make to your website to help attract your ideal patient.

Should you have video on your website?  How important are testimonials?  Get the answers to all these questions and more as Brent discusses what is important for today's urology website.

 

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UCR 010: Cybersecurity: Working from home/remotely? How to protect your network and your practice from cyber attacks and breaches

Cybersecurity: Working from home/remotely? How to protect your network and your practice from cyber attacks and breaches
In this episode, Mark interviews cybersecurity expert Jeffery Daigrepont, from the Coker Group.

Jeffery shares some items you should consider to protect your practice. Did you realize that one of the most important tools is cybersecurity insurance and most out of the box policies don't cover a common cyber breach potential?


Also, most practices don't know that many breaches occur because of individuals actions within the practice. These actions are not intentional but can lead to significant issues.

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UCR 009: Modifier -25

Mark, Scott and Ray talk modifier -25.  In addition to a general overview about the definition, they give several urology examples.

Modifier -25 definition: Significant, Separately Identifiable Evaluation and Management Service by the Same Physician on the Same Day of the Procedure or Other Service: It may be necessary to indicate that on the day a procedure or service identified by a CPT code was performed, the patient's condition required a significant, separately identifiable E/M service above and beyond the other service provided or beyond the usual preoperative and postoperative care associated with the procedure that was performed.

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UCR 008: RVUs - Overview and How They Can Help You

Mark discusses RVUs and why they are important to the urology practice.  Not only are they important for reimbursement but they can also be used as a tool to assess practice productivity and efficiency.

Learn why not understanding the RVU basics could be costing you in many aspects of your practice.

 

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UCR 007: Voice Recognition in Today's Practice with Brad Sclar

Scott talks with voice recognition expert Brad Sclar.  Learn how Brad, who has a Doctorate of Musical Arts, got involved with healthcare. Find out if voice recognition belongs in today's practice.  Why the dictation software and algorithms on your phone and computer just don't cut it in the medical profession.

 
 
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UCR 006: How Dr. John Lin is "reopening" his urology practice as the pandemic restrictions are easing

Mark and Scott talk with Dr. John Lin, a solo practitioner from Gilbert, AZ in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Dr. Lin shares his strategies and the steps he is taking to "reopen" his practice.

Find out if he sees telehealth in his practice moving forward and if there are any efficiencies to be gained from what he has learned.

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UCR 005: Do you know what you are not billing?

We hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

In this episode, Scott and Ray discuss two commonly overlooked billing mistakes that cost urology practices money.  You can't find this on any report but yet it occurs in all practices unless you have the right system.

Ray outlines the simple but effective way to identify procedures performed, that may not have been billed.  They also discuss a second issue, contractual denials, and  outline a strategy to address them.

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UCR 004: Telehealth/Telemedicine Shared Visits Clarification

We hope you and your families are safe and healthy.

In this episode, Mark clarifies the rules associated with Telehealth/Telemedicine shared visits.  We have been getting questions regarding shared visits. 

Mark answered a question on the recent webinar and his answer sparked additional discussions on this topic.

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UCR 003: How to Document Telehealth/Telemedicine Visits and Comply with the New Rules

This is a replay of a webinar that aired Thursday, April 10th, 2020. Mark outlined how to properly document Telehealth/Telemedicine visits and select the appropriate level of service during the Public Health Emergency.

The rules were released and then adapted to the changed Telehealth environment. Mark also reviews the new rules and how to apply them in a Urology practice.

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co-hosted by: Mark, Scott and Dr. Ray Painter

UCR 002: Telehealth/Telemedicine: New Rules in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Congress and the president gave Medicare some additional powers to relax the current restrictions surrounding payment for services provided via telephone, Video chat and through HIPAA secure technology for traditional Medicare.   Additionally, Private insurance companies through both Medicare Advantage plans and standard commercial plans have been encouraged to expand telehealth services.

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