Education: Software, coding guide improve bottom line

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Frustrated by reimbursement denials because of a simple error in code order? Coding software can help – and make a difference to your bottom line.

The Society for Vascular Ultrasound-Society for Vascular Surgery Coding Advisor Software is bundled with the SVS Coding Guide for a complete package of expert coding guidance for all peripheral vascular surgery and interventional codes. The software also includes explanations and notes on component and bundled coding.

Users find the scrubber a particularly valuable feature; doctors or office staff can run a claim through the scrubber to see what will be denied before submitting the claim. Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of rearranging the code order. Sometimes a code is missing. The scrubber identifies these issues so they can be fixed prior to submission.

The result of using the guide and software? The reimbursement to which a surgeon is entitled, multiplied hundreds of times. One example: A $3 mistake in ultrasound reimbursements. If the office typically performs eight to 10 ultrasounds a day, missing out on $3 in reimbursement each time, that office could be losing up to $600 a month (20 works days). And that’s just one missing code for one procedure.

Purchase the software and guide and learn more at vsweb.org/CodingGuide. Be sure to enter the code SVCSA to receive the special SVS member price.

How coding mistakes cost money

Situation: A $3 mistake in ultrasound reimbursements.

Office performs 8 to 10 ultrasounds a day

10 procedures X $3 = $30

$30 X 20 work days = $600 a month

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