Industry conferences generally illuminate growing trends and broad, often brilliant ideas. Distinguished presenters glide through slides and issues providing probable causes and ideal answers. One can almost feel the enthusiasm ricocheting off the walls of Ballroom A… We’re going to make it after all!
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The Self-Insured Institute of America, or SIIA, is known for sponsoring great educational conferences, and the most recent Taft-Hartley session in Chicago was no exception. Many of the day’s speakers talked about how the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, is changing the healthcare landscape, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. One particular area of concern that speakers and panelists discussed was the so-called Cadillac tax, which purportedly is intended to discourage overly rich benefit plans by imposing a 40 percent excise tax on any amount over the threshold (presently set at $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families, starting in 2020).
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Nokomis Health’s coding team was reviewing a client’s out of network laboratory and a batch of genetic testing claims raised some questions. The claims appeared to be legitimate – the CPT code was valid, the diagnosis code supported the charge, the NPI and TIN were correct – but the charges were very high for the code and it was unusual for the code to stand alone. We obtained records on several claims and found that the lab was simply performing a quality assurance function, they were not performing a covered service.
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Q&A WITH NOKOMIS HEALTH DIRECTOR OF CODING ANNE KARL
What are CPT Codes?
As you may know, every procedure code on a claim is tied into a dollar amount. So if a coder miscodes something, the provider could be paid for a code that isn’t supported by the documentation or the clinic may be losing reimbursement that is rightly due to them. Miscoding is typically a result of coders lacking education and not knowing how to code properly or they may be trying to game the system. That’s why insurance companies need a claim review partner. We can look for trends that we see in the claims and set an edit to manually review those claims or automatically deny them. Just because there is a CPT code doesn’t mean that you can use that code for reimbursement or use it for reimbursement in combination with other codes.
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