Control of postoperative pain is usually considered follow-up care similar to wound care, removal of sutures, and other related services.
Ray Painter, MD
If possible, contracts based on straight percentage of Medicare should be avoided.
What is considered the usual postoperative bleeding time following a transurethral resection of the prostate?
If the conversion factor cut stands, urologists' Medicare income will decrease overall by about 5%.
What you discuss with patients and when you do it can make a difference in how you code
Instructions for coding for all Evaluation and Management (E&M) services have several elements in common. One should always base documentation and coding on the amount of work required to provide good patient care.
Physician must be immediately available, and the service must be performed
by an employee
In a previous issue of Urology Times, this column discussed multiple procedures and the bundling edits for a single physician ("When to bill and not to bill for multiple procedures," May 2002, page 62). This article will address multiple procedures performed at the same encounter by two separate physicians.
There are two key elements to successful billing and collection-both
now and in the future. The first is the accuracy of your documentation and
coding, basically the responsibility of the urologist. The second element
is the billing process, which can be computerized, automated, and performed
Societies can help with Medicare matters and with private insurance companies