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My coworkers and I are looking for advice on coding and reimbursement for CPT 76705. Our trauma surgeons purchased a portable ultrasound machine that is kept in the trauma bay at the hospital and is used only by the trauma surgeons in trauma cases. The problem we are encountering is the claims are being denied as a physician billing for POS emergency department, outpatient hospital, inpatient hospital, etc. Even if we attempt to bill for only the interpretation portion, we are still receiving denials because the carrier never receives a claim for the technical portion from the hospital.

Cristy Donaldson, CPC, CPMA
Knoxville, Tennessee

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Editor's E-Note
Be accountable. It’s a simple credo but one that resonates in many walks of life, including healthcare. The federal government has reinforced that idea by establishing accountable care organizations in an effort to improve quality and lower costs.

This month’s E-News Exclusive spotlights the Michigan Pioneer ACO, a group of providers that’s utilizing HIT to make a difference in patients’ lives.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusives
Partners in Progress
By Maura Keller

More than 10 years ago, Hospice of Michigan and the University of Michigan conducted a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that demonstrated that no matter how informed people were about hospice care, when faced with terminal illness, 60% to 70% did not want it. The majority with a terminal diagnosis wanted to pursue treatment and a possible cure.

“In 2000, with the results in hand, we realized that people who would benefit from comprehensive care were unlikely to receive it,” says Tracy Lark, corporate director of communications at Hospice of Michigan. “They didn’t want hospice care, and there was no comprehensive alternative to hospice. Without comprehensive care, the burdens of the illness and care fall primarily on the patient and the primary caregiver.”

Hospice of Michigan wanted to do something to help patients and caregivers facing this dilemma. “We thought patients and families should have a better option than going it alone, and we worked on a model that answered a lot of the ‘what if’ questions that we had,” Lark says. “We established @HOMe Support in 2000 and took our first patient in 2002.”

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Tech & Tools
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