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The growth of obesity in our society has naturally led to a growth in obese patients — and in sensitivities that should be addressed lest these patients lose faith in and even stop coming to their providers for help. Fortunately, this isn’t hard to do: It mainly requires for some providers a change in attitude and some small adjustments in office procedures — and maybe furniture.
As another Shared Savings application process starts, accountable care organizations (ACO) and wannabe-ACOs that have considered joining at some point should review their readiness to take on the increased levels of risk in that program. Or they may consider other models that may be more appropriate for them.
Give your billing staff a heads up: You’ll find nearly 1,900 new procedure-to-procedure edits in the latest Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) update, which takes effect July 1. The quarterly update also revises the total unit count you can report per day for about 60 services, including X-rays and lesion-removal codes.
Providers report several million claims for hip, foot and shoulder X-rays every year but those services don’t pay out the most.


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