Sometimes during treatment, a new tumor site is identified that needs treatment. These cases present their own unique set of challenges in the coding and reimbursement areas. Listed below are some items to consider when coding and documenting an additional site of treatment. 1. Watch for...

*The following information is intended for those using ICD-10 Coding prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) cases can sometimes be challenging. PCI is often done following a course of radiation to the lung for patients with small-cell lung cancer who do not have evidence of brain metastasis. Here...

The Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model (RO APM) is currently set to begin January 1, 2022, for physicians, hospitals, and freestanding centers that are located within one of the zip codes chosen by CMS. As it stands, with the exception of some opt-out options, participation...

Simulations are an integral part of the radiation process. Simulation documentation is relatively straightforward, but there are some pitfalls that we commonly see. Here are a few key items to remember when documenting simulations. Don’t forget the simulation order. Even though it does not represent...

On Monday of this week, CMS released the HOPPS & RO Model Proposed Rule for 2022.  Our team has created the attached summary for your review and the HOPPS payment rate comparison.   CMS did make several updates to the RO Model that everyone in radiation oncology...

On July 13th, CMS released the MPFS 2022 Proposed Rule.  Our team has created a 2022 MPFS Proposed Rule Summation July 2021 summary for your review.   Of note, CMS has proposed a reduction in the conversion factor (CF) from $34.89 to $33.58 for CY 2022.  The CF reduction,...

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Radiation Business Solutions (RBS), owner and operator of cancer centers as well as a billing and management service provider for a network of nearly 200 oncologists across the country, has selected Unlimited Systems as its new revenue cycle platform vendor. As...

We have been reviewing the MPFS & HOPPS 2021 Final Rules documents that were released by CMS last week.  Our team has created a summary of the rules for your review. Of note, CMS has reduced the conversion factor (CF) from $36.09 to $32.41 for CY...

To quantify the financial health of a practice, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) should be tracked and monitored on a regular basis. By keeping an eye on these essential markers, a practice can ensure that denial rates are low while collections are high – keeping the cash flow optimized,...

In the last article, we covered two of the most important Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that every practice should measure to ensure the health of the revenue cycle: Days in Accounts Receivable (A/R) and Clean Claims Ratio (CCR). In this article, we’ll cover two more crucial...