ICD-10-CM 2023 Code Changes for Chiropractic

There were several changes to the ICD-10-CM codeset for 2023 which went into effect October 1, 2023 and could impact chiropractic. At the time of publication, it was unknown how payers would respond to these changes. This article only discusses some of the changes to the ICD-10-CM codes. Changes to procedure codes such as “Prolonged Services” for office E/M visits are included in the 2023 ChiroCode DeskBook.

Medicare Improper Payment Report (2021)

The Medicare Improper Payment Report does not measure fraud, but rather, it estimates the payments that did not meet Medicare coverage, coding, and billing rules. The estimated Medicare FFS payment accuracy rate (claims paid correctly) from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, was 93.74%, which is up slightly from last year. The estimated improper payment rate (claims paid incorrectly) was . . .

Chronic Pain Coding Today & in the Future

Properly documenting and coding chronic pain can be challenging. As is commonly the case with many conditions, over the years, there has been a shift in the identification of different types of pain, including chronic pain. Understanding where we are now and where we are going will help your organization prepare for the future by changing documentation patterns now.

Intersegmental Traction — What’s Happening with Roller Tables?

Intersegmental traction therapy via the use of roller tables has been used by doctors of chiropractic for many years. Recently, questions have arisen regarding the appropriate billing of roller tables. This is largely due to the statement published in the July 2020 CPT Assistant published by the American Medical Association (AMA). Which code should you really be using?

Properly Reporting Imaging Overreads (Including X-Rays)

hile many provider groups offer some imaging services in their offices, others may rely on external imaging centers. When the provider reviews images performed by an external source (e.g., independent imaging center), that is typically referred to as an overread or a re-read. Properly reporting that work depends on a variety of factors as discussed in this article.