United Imaging Wins Multiple Stevie Awards

United Imaging was named the winner of five Stevie Awards in the 18th Annual American Business Awards, including a Gold Award for “Most Innovative Company of the Year – Up to 2,500 Employees” for its U.S.-based operations, which were established in 2018. United...

Life Image Launches Patient Connect Portal

Life Image, a global medical evidence network specializing in curating diagnostic images for care delivery and research, has announced the launch of its Patient Connect Portal. The platform gives patients control over their own images and medical data to help manage...

MITA Urges CMS to ‘Double Down’ on Strengthening Access to Medical Imaging

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining a series of recommendations the agency should take to ensure continued access to essential medical imaging services both...

AHRA Annual Meeting Pivots to a Virtual Experience

The AHRA’s 48th Annual Meeting and Exposition will now occur August 11-13, 2020 in a new online format with high-value content, and quality education and networking opportunities for attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors alike. The 2020 Annual Meeting will be delivered...

Writer Profile: Melody Mulaik

Melody Mulaik is a featured writer for ICE magazine’s billing and coding column. Melody is the president of Revenue Cycle Coding Strategies in Powder Springs, Georgia. The corporate office is located in Cedar Park, Texas. She has a masters of science in health systems and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Melody’s certifications include CRA, RCC, RCC-IR, CPC and COC. In addition to managing a consulting and publishing firm with clients in all 50 states, Melody is an active presenter and writer in the specialty area of radiology coding, billing and compliance. When she is not working, she is an extensive traveler, travelling to all 50 states, as well as quite a few countries.

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Correct Billing for Extenders

By Melody Mulaik Non-physician practitioners (NPPs), such as physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) may be able to perform and bill for services independent of a physician. However, radiology practitioner assistants (RPAs)/registered radiology...

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Those Crazy Edits

By Melody Mulaik Several edits were implemented January 1, 2020 which have caused many radiology providers angst with unexpected denials. The extent of the impact depends upon the type of organization (imaging center versus hospital) and the provided services. These...

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To 3D or Not to 3D

By Melody Mulaik While the 3D procedures codes 76376 and 76377 have existed for a number of years, questions still arise as to their appropriate application. The answer depends upon the modality, whether a code exists that includes 3D by definition and/or if the...

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Breaking Down the GI Codes

Ensuring the correct code assignment for diagnostic gastrointestinal codes is more straightforward in 2020 as long as the extent of the exam and the use of single or double contrast is properly documented in the radiology report. The current trend of revising codes to ensure clarity and consistency is welcome indeed. 

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