ASC Coding and Billing: How Is It Different From Physician Medical Billing
By Isaac Smith, healthcare content strategist, Medcare MSO.
If you are involved in the healthcare industry, you must be familiar with the terms “ASC Coding and Billing” and “Physician Medical Billing.” These two concepts are important to understand if you are a healthcare provider or if you run a healthcare facility. In this article, we will discuss the differences between ASC Coding and Billing and Physician Medical Billing.
Medical billing and coding are critical components of the healthcare industry. They are the processes that ensure that healthcare providers get paid for their services. Medical billing and coding can be complex and challenging, especially if you are not familiar with the terminologies involved. In this article, we will simplify the concepts of ASC Coding and Billing and Physician Medical Billing.
Starting January 1, 2008, the CMS publishes annual updates to the list of procedures an ASC can be paid for. To establish payment indicators and rates for newly created Level II HCPCS and Category III CPT Codes, CMS updates the lists of covered surgical procedures and ancillary services quarterly. ASC billing and coding are explained below.
On the CMS website, you can find the complete lists of ASC-covered surgical procedures and ancillary services, the applicable payment indicators, payment rates before regional wage adjustments, wage-adjusted payment rates, and wage indices.
ASC certification and a CMS agreement are required for this provision. ASCs must accept Medicare’s full payment for ASC services. Physicians and anesthesiologists can bill and be paid for professional services.
Lab services and non-implantable DME can be billed using the correct certified provider/supplier UPIN/NPI. The basics of ambulatory surgery center billing are simple, but physician and facility requirements differ. Physician and facility billing are different from ASC billing. ASC billing and coding don’t focus on a medical specialty like physician medical billing, which must follow a few highly specialized guidelines to get reimbursed.
ASC Coding and Billing
ASC stands for Ambulatory Surgical Center. An ASC is a healthcare facility where surgeries that do not require an overnight stay are performed. ASCs are becoming increasingly popular because they are less expensive and more convenient than traditional hospital settings. ASCs have their own set of codes and regulations that are different from those of physician medical billing.
ASCs are reimbursed for their services based on a fee schedule set by Medicare. The fee schedule is based on the geographic location of the ASC, and the complexity of the surgical procedure. The fee schedule is also updated annually to reflect changes in the costs of providing healthcare services.
ASCs have their own set of codes that are used to bill for their services. These codes are different from those used in physician medical billing. ASC codes are more specific and detailed, as they are designed to describe the unique services provided in the ASC setting.