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Ever need a quick answer - for example: where do I find signature requirements from CMS? Where do I find Colonoscopy guidelines? 


This is not a comprehensive list, but it does address some of the immediate needs of the medical community.  If you have or know of others and would like to share, please email us; we'd love to include those links.


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ABN forms, 2009

AWP - CMS -  Average Wholesale Price for Drugs - click on 2008 ASP drug pricing files on the left side of the page

CMS - 12/11/2009 - Hospital Anesthesia Services Interpretive Guidelines details from CMS - look for new anesthesia guidelines regarding physician supervision and definition re:"Immediately Available"; New MAC (monitored anesthesia care) guidelines; guidelines for CRNAs providing regional anesthesia for labor & delivery

CMS Internet Only Manuals 100-04 is the Medicare Claims Processing Manual but there are others here that are equally worthwhile.

CMS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule- January 2009 release. This file contains the revisions identified in the Physician Fee Schedule Final Regulation published November 2008.

CMS NCD/LCD Search Instructions from Trailblazerhealth.com

CMS NCDs for LABS

CMS "Principal Physician of Record" Transmittal 2010 Consultations Policy & Instructions re: Modifier AI for Hospitals or Nursing Facilities

"Coding What is Known at the time of billing" When the pathology report/note isn't available - how do we code? Malignany or benign tumor? See page 12, CMS Internet Only Manual, Pub 100-4, Chapter 23, Section 10.1.2(D).

Colonoscopy rules for ASC

Date and legible identity of the observer - 1995 and 1997 E/M Guidelines

ESRD (Hemodialysis)

Fee Schedule look-up (CPT, HCPCS, etc.) by CMS or by Region/Carrier  

Guide to Preventive Services - From CMS

Medical Record Cloning - From First Coast Service Options (FL Medicare), see page 4 - excellent definition!

Medicare Coverage Database (CMS) NCD, LCD for the states/regions

Medicare Part B Specialty Codes from Trailblazerhealth.com

Modifier Chart from CIGNA-Medicare 

POS codes 

POS Indicators   - then download addendum B.  The status indicators are in column D.  The inpatient only procedures have status indicators C

If you want to know what the rest of the status indicators are, go to and download addendum D1

POS & DOS Instructions from CMS for Professional & Technical Radiology Procedures Effective 10/02/2009

10.6.1 - Place of Service Instructions for the Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests 10.6.2 - Place of Service Instructions for the Technical Component (TC) and Professional Component (PC or Interpretation) of Diagnostic Tests Not Personally Performed Or Supervised By A Physician 10.6.3 - Date of Service (DOS) Instructions for the Interpretation and Technical Component of Diagnostic Tests

RAC Information page - Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) Information & links from CMS

RACs Limits - Click here to see what CMS says about limits for RACs.

Requirements for Documentation of Physicians' Orders for Lab & Diagnostic Tests

and Signature RequirementsFrom CMS directly, effective 3/16/2010

and http://www.cms.hhs.gov/transmittals/downloads/R1787B3.pdf (this also addresses signature requirement: pg 2, 5a)

RVUs (CMS) from Medicare Physician's Fee Schedule, 2009 This is a direct download for the 2009 RVU

RVUs (CMS) from Medicare Physician's Fee Schedule for 2010 & prior years. This is a direct link to CMS. See also the upper right hand column for other pertinent information/links regarding the Fee Schedule.

RVU Indicator Meanings - 2009 Ever need to find what the Indicators mean? Here they are.

RVU 2010 with a twist - This contains only Globals & modifier use with Status Indicator Meanings. You can tell allowed bilateral procedures, co-surgeon-allowed procedures & Global days for procedures. Just a little tool that LJ created for when you don't need the entire RVU information.

Signature Requirements - Updated 3/17/2010 from Cigna Gov't Services; adding a signature later is not allowed. Read more here.

Signature Requirements

Signature Requirements for Diagnostic Test (Radiology) (this also addresses signature requirement: pg 2, 5a)http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Transmittals/Downloads/R80BP.pdf (2007-2008)

Signature Stamps & HHA 

Transmittals - Did you miss the latest CMS Transmittal? Go here & see what the latest information is from CMS.

"Two E/M services on the same DOS?" CMS Medlearn Articles

ASA News

Anesthesia News