Auto Insurance Grace Period

Personal Injury Course If an auto accident policy has lapsed because the premium hasn’t been paid, there may be a grace period. The grace period could be applied in one of two ways by the insurance company: If you have an accident in the grace period, the premium could be brought up to date and […]

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Verifying Insurance Deductibles

Insurance Course When verifying insurance coverage, it’s important to know when the next deductible comes due. Most insurance policies operate on a calendar year basis. The patient must meet a new deductible on January 1st every year. Some policies however may operate on a fiscal year basis. New deductibles could begin at any time during […]

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Chiropractic Pro Re Nata Visits

A Pro Re Nata (or PRN which means “as needed”) visit is a stand-alone treatment episode. It is not considered a subsequent visit and must be treated as an initial visit. Therefore, all the required components of an initial visit are also required for PRN visits. The main difference that sets a PRN visit apart […]

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Medicare ID May Change

Your patients’ Medicare ID number may change following data breach In response to a recent data breach, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing approximately 47,000 Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) numbers to those affected. Medicare covers more than 65 million people, so the odds of one of your […]

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M50.22 Cervical Disc Displacement Code No Longer Valid

As of October 1, 2023, M50.22 (Other cervical disc displacement, mid-cervical region) is no longer a valid diagnosis code. It has been replaced by more specific codes. The new valid codes are as follows: M50.220 …… unspecified level M50.221 Other cervical disc displacement at C4-C5 level M50.222 Other cervical disc displacement at C5-C6 level M50.223 […]

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ABN Form Change

The Office of Management and Budget approved the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (Form CMS-R-131) for renewal. This renewed form expires January 31, 2026. The expiration date is the only change to the form. You may use the renewed form now, but you must use it beginning June 30, 2023, when the previous version expires. […]

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When Medicare is Secondary

Medicare should not be billed for services if payment has been made or can reasonably be expected to be made, by the following primary plans when certain conditions are satisfied: Group health plans Workers’ compensation plans Liability insurance No-fault insurance The details of the  ‘certain conditions’ are spelled out in our Medicare Course If the […]

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Electronic Health Records (EHR) Requirements

In order to meet the electronic health records requirements for Medicare billing, the software used must be CMS certified. Meaningful use must be established every year. In order to do that, 20 of 25 criteria and fifteen core objectives and five of ten menu objectives must be met. Plus you must enter the required data […]

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Medicare Non-Covered Services

In the Medicare program the only covered service for a Chiropractor is the Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT) – the adjustment. ALL other services are non-covered and should be modified with a GY modifier indicating that the service is a non-covered service. You are NOT required to file non-covered services to Medicare. As a matter of fact, […]

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Wireless (WiFi) Networks are NOT Secure

Wireless networks are subject to being breached and all your patient information being stolen. Stolen protected health information (PHI) is a serious HIPPA violation. Click here to see how wireless networks are compromised. Protect yourself and your patients … insist that your network be cabled … not wireless.

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