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Use of the 50 Modifier vs. LT and RT Modifiers

Modifier 50 (bilateral) is used as a payment, rather than information, modifier. The addition of this modifier can affect payment depending on the procedure code and the BILAT SURG indicator. In some instances, procedure codes do not indicate on which side of the body a procedure is performed. In those instances, the modifier LT (left) or RT (right) is used to indicate the side of the body on which a service or procedure is performed.

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Tips To Protect Your Practice Against HIPAA Penalties

The regulatory environment around HIPAA has gotten more stringent over time. This is partly due to consumers, who are becoming more aware of its importance in keeping their data private and safe. There are many ways that you can start protecting your business from HIPAA penalties today. Below are six tips that can help mitigate your risk of incurring willful neglect penalties.

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The Benefits of Patient Payment Portals

The popularity of paying bills online has increased significantly as technology continues to advance. Paying an outstanding balance electronically has become both convenient and cost-effective. In the healthcare industry, this is especially true. Patients can now access patient payment portals to view their patient statement, set up a payment plan, and pay their bill all at the click of a button. Reminders can also be set up via email or text message to make monthly payments.

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ICD-10 Implementation Guidance from CMS

On Monday, July 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new guidance to assist physicians in preparation for the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date. This information can be accessed here. Please don’t hesitate to contact Precision if you have any questions relating to the upcoming transition to ICD-10.

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Proper Use of the 25 Modifier

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) closely evaluates the proper use of modifier 25 by physicians. In order to utilize modifier 25 correctly, please review the following helpful tips included below.

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What is the Cloud?

The cloud is a centralized location where everything from applications and servers, to databases and networks, are stored and running. The cloud can be public, private or both. As long as your practice has internet-enabled devices, you are in business.

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Timely Filing Guideline Changes

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) has updated its timely filing guidelines for appeals of specified claim denials processed by the VA. According to the VA’s Fee Basis Unit, timely filing limits have been reduced from one year to 45 days for appeals of the following types of denials:

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