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When are HCPCS used for coding other than Medicare?


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2007-12-31 04:03:45
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You use HCPCS codes whenever you bill any type of insurance.

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The HCPCS code set is based on the AMA CPT processes. HCPCS was established in 1978 to provide a standardized coding system for describing specific items and services. Initially, facilities voluntarily used HCPCS codes, but with the implementation of HIPAA in 1996, facilities began to report HCPCS for transaction codes. HCPCS has its own coding guidelines and works hand in hand with CPT. HCPCS includes three separate levels of codes:Level I codes consist of the AMAâ„¢s CPT codes and is numeric.Level II codes are the HCPCS alphanumeric code set and primarily include non-physician products, supplies, and procedures not included in CPT.Level III codes, also called HCPCS local codes, were developed by state Medicaid agencies, Medicare contractors, and private insurers for use in specific programs and jurisdictions. These are still included in the HCPCS reference coding book. Some payers prefer that coders report the Level III codes in addition to the Level I and Level II code sets. However, these codes are not nationally recognized.As with CPT, the HCPCS Level II codes standardize similar products and categories for processing the medical claim. The HCPCS codes are primarily used for billing and identifying items and services. These items and services primarily include non-physician based services such as:Ambulance servicesProsthetic devicesDrugs, infusion additives, and ancillary surgical suppliesNon-physician services not covered by CPT codes (Level I codes)Divisions within HCPCSCoders will find the following sections in the HCPCS Manual:A codes, transportation, medical and surgical supplies, miscellaneous and experimentalB codes, enteral and parenteral therapyC codes, temporary hospital OPPSE codes, durable medical equipmentG codes, temporary procedures and professional servicesH codes, behavioral health/substance abuse servicesJ codes, drugs administered other than oral method, chemotherapy drugsK codes, temporary codes for durable medical equipment regional carriersL codes, orthotic/prosthetic proceduresM codes, other medical servicesP codes, pathology and laboratoryQ codes, temporary codes (limited use and guidelines specific)R codes, diagnostic radiology servicesS codes, temporary national codes (non-Medicare) codesT codes, temporary state Medicaid agency codesV codes, vision/hearing services

Part B Medicare comes with a deductible of $155.00 and co-insurance of 20%, since Medicare continues to pay just 80% for covered services Yes Medicare does cover going to the helath clinic. However if visit is for someting other than a routine visit other fees may apply.

Medicare Part B pays providers other than hospitals: physicians, surgeons, specialists, etc. It does not cover medication.

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Yes, you can be denied Medicare coverage even if you are a citizen of the United States. Having an income higher than Medicare's current guidelines can disqualify you. There are many other reasons which are all described on the government's Medicare website at

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A medical biller need to know everything about how Medicare works because if a procedure or office visit is not coded and submitted according to their rules, Medicare will not pay for it. Medicare is a little more strict than other insurance providers are, but a medical biller needs to be familiar with how every insurance provider which their facility accepts works.

If you are eligible for Medicare, you may want to look into a Medicare Advantage Plan. This is a plan administered by a private insurance company who has a contract with Medicare. They must offer everything Medicare offers, but most Advantage plans offer above and beyond what Medicare allows. Each Advantage plan is different, it is definitely worth looking into if you feel you have needs that Medicare won't meet adequately.

No. But Medicare is certainly cheaper than commercial insurance.

The Medicare tax that is deducted from your paycheck pays for your Medicare Part A insurance, so that you'll be able to use it when you turn 65. Medicare Part A is the hospitaliztion portion of Medicare. Once you turn 65, you'll pay for Medicare Part B that will be automatically deducted from your Social Security check. For 2009, that amount is $96.40/month if you make less than $85000.00 per year. Medicare Part B is the medical/doctor's office portion of your Medicare.

There are 3 parts of plan of the Medicare Advantage Plan. The original plans are Medicare Part A (hospital and insurance) and B (medical insurance). The third is named Medicare+Choice Part C which includes additional services.

Unfortunately, Medicare does not pay 100% of expenses for surgeries, whether inpatient or outpatient. If you are on a fixed income and healthcare is too expensive, you may want to look into Medical Assistance. Another option is to look into local Medicare Advantage plans - often they offer more than regular Medicare for just slightly more money than Medicare.

Medicare supplement pays part or all of your deductibles and copays that you have with Medicare parts A and B. A "Medicare replacement" is actually Medicare advantage. They are a Medicare option that combines your Part A, B and sometimes part D into one plan that is administered by a Medicare contracted insurance company. Many of these plans have very low or even 0 monthly premiums. You still have copays but they are generally much less than Original Medicare. (If this question relates to United States Medicare, there is no such thing as the concept of "Medicare replacement." I do not see anywhere to add an alternative answer so I put this here just as a warning. In the United States you are either on Medicare or you are not. If you are on Medicare in the United States, you will almost certainly feel the need to supplement it. Over 95% of the people on United States Medicare supplement it in some way. There is a wide choice of ways to supplement United States Medicare. The answer above describes only two of them.

During your working life, you pay Medicare tax out of your paycheck. That tax pays for your Part A Medicare, which is the hospitalization portion of Medicare. Then when you enroll in Medicare, you can purchase Medicare Part B which is the medical/doctor's office portion of Medicare. When you purchase Part B, it is automatically deducted from your Social Security check each month. This amount will normally be $96.40(for 2009) unless you make more than $85,000.00 per year, then you will pay more for the monthly premium.

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While learning coding is time-comsuming, it will eventually be worth your while to learn it. Knowing coding gives you the resources to do bigger and more complex programming than if you hadn't taken the time to learn it.

is the cpc a higher medical billing and coding certification than the cbcs? The cpc is an advanced medical coding certification. In order to take the exam you have to have experience in medical coding already. The cbcs is a certification you can get right after you completed the course even if you have not worked as a medical coder before. The CCS credential is required/preferred by a vast majority of hospitals and it is recommended that you get some experience in coding before taking the test.

i have medicare A and B (plus wellcare for drugs).. I recently went on my husband's insurance which became primary as his company has more than 100 employees. Do i need this insurance? someone said i couldn't even do this? once on medicare i will also be primary with medicare? thanks for your help

This is directly from the Medicare and You 2009 book: Tests: Including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EKGs, and some other diagnostic tests. You pay 20% of the Medicare-approved amount, and the Part B deductible applies. See "Clinical Laboratory Services" on page 27 for other Part B-covered tests. If you get the test as a hospital outpatient, you pay a specified copayment that may be more than 20% of the Medicare-approved amount but can't be more than the Part A hospital stay deductible. For more details:

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