Tools to Grow Your Acupuncture Practice | Jasmine Software: October 2016

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Evaluation and Management (E/M) CPT Codes


Evaluation and Management codes are insurance billing codes for evaluating a patient's condition. They cover both new patient and returning patient visits.

As an acupuncturist, knowledge of these codes enable you to properly bill your patients, and provide a higher level of patient care.

The information presented is meant to be an introduction and is by no means comprehensive.

New Patient vs Returning Patient


The E/M codes are split into new patient and returning patient codes. The new patient codes are 99201 to 99205. And, the returning patient codes are from 99211 to 99215.

A new patient is someone who, within the last 3 years, has not received any professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty within the same practice. (In other words, once every 3 years.)

A returning patient is someone who, within the last 3 years, has received professional services from the physician or another physician of the same specialty within the same practice. (Typically, every 4 weeks.)

Patient History, Examination, & Medical decision-making


Three criteria determine the appropriate billing for an E/M visit. They are Patient History, Examination, and Medical decision-making. And, each of these, is broken down into subcategories.



For acupuncture, 99203 is the most common new patient E/M billing code and 99213 is the most common for returning patient.

Modifier -25


An acupuncture service already contains a pre & post evaluation as part of the visit and codes. So, if an E/M service is done, in addition, to the acupuncture service, then the modifier -25 is added to the billing code.

Example: 99203-25

Document, Document, Document


In general, good documentation is good patient care. In additional, proper documentation is key in supporting your billing decisions.

Learn More


If you would like to learn more, I found the AAC Network's Essential Billing and Coding Seminar to be educational.


In additional, the following 2 articles were helpful.




Questions? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Spotlight: Jeanie Mossa Kraft - Easy Breezy System for my Acupuncture Practice!


Jeanie Mossa Kraft is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Alexandria, VA. Below, she talks about her experience with Jasmine.

“I am not the most tech-savvy acupuncturist, so after doing a few trial runs on a few acupuncture software systems, I was so relieved to discover Jasmine. I love that the SOAP note is created with the acupuncturist in mind, and most of all it is easy to maneuver, which enables me to keep track of tongue and pulse, points and herbs for each patient. The contact form helps keep me organized and I love that it syncs with MailChimp with an easy click. This online system saves me from dragging files home each night to do research for patients. 
Most of all, Minto Tsai, the developer of Jasmine spent an enormous amount of time walking me through the system by phone and helping me add a few custom sections to the contact form. It is comforting to know if I have a problem or question I can contact him and receive a response in a very timely manner.”

Jeanie Mossa Kraft is the owner of Acupuncture Rocks! and specializes in women's health, pain and stress management, autoimmune disorders and chronic fatigue. She is a former faculty member of the Canadian College of Oriental Medicine in Toronto, Canada and has published three books on traditional Chinese herbal medicine and theory. Jeanie graduated with her masters degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (cum laude) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Spotlight: Bob Wong - The Art of Acupuncture


The beauty of acupuncture is steeped in its healing powers and long history and traditions.

Many times, it takes a certain person with a unique vision to show us another way of looking at things and to uncover the beauty in the everyday.

Meet Bob Wong. He's an acupuncturist out of Brisbane, Australia, who's been turning everyday acupuncture into works of art. He's been collecting his pictures and videos at his Art of Acupuncture website.


Bob comes from a long family lineage of Chinese medicine doctors from his father to his grandfather and great grandfather.

However, Bob didn't always want to be a Chinese medicine doctor. His journey started with a dream of being a Shaolin Kung-Fu Master, which took him to China to study.

On one fateful day, his Kung-Fu Master threw out her back and Bob, having little acupuncture experience at the time, treated his Master with what he had picked up from his father.

The next day, his Kung-Fu Master, feeling much better, quipped, "If only your Kung-Fu was as good as your Chinese Medicine."

Temporarily deflated, Bob's interest in Chinese Medicine was sparked and realized his true calling!


With his love of artistic photography and video, Bob is introducing his passion for Chinese Medicine with his cameras. And the results are stunning!

Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, when you look deeper, you realize, what's just as beautiful is that the models and bodies in the pictures are in the midst of the healing process at the same time!


And, finally, one of my favorite ones is this cupping photo using random household drinking cups!


If you're interested and want to support the work Bob is doing, visit his website at artofacupuncturephotos.com and signup for his mailing list!

Also, reach out and send him an email at info@artofacupuncture.com.au!


What do you think? Let me know in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Minto Tsai
Founder

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