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What Radiology Practices Need to Know About the 2017 MPPR Update

Since its first appearance in the Medicare rules, the radiology community has been quarreling with CMS about the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction (MPPR) on the professional component of certain diagnostic imaging services.  Finally, Congress has taken steps to mitigate the impact of this rule. 

Categories: radiology reimbursement, mppr

Is Your Radiology Practice Ready for the New HCPCS Modifiers?

Four new HCPCS modifiers will be available for use beginning in 2015, according to a recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Known collectively as the –X{EPSU} Modifiers, they will be used to define specific subsets of the CPT Modifier -59 for a “Distinct Procedural Service”.  The new modifiers are intended to offer more precise coding options that will allow practices to avoid potential payment delays, audits and reviews associated with modifier -59.  CMS says that -59 is the most widely used modifier, covering a wide variety of circumstances such as to identify different encounters, different anatomic sites and distinct services.  Because modifier -59 is so broadly defined, it is often used incorrectly and inappropriately.

Categories: radiology billing, medicare, radiology coding, medicare reimbursement, modifier -59, mppr, X{EPSU} Modifiers, cms

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