In the world of healthcare, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) codes play a crucial role in ensuring accurate billing, patient care, and statistical analysis. These codes are continually updated to reflect the evolving landscape of healthcare practices, technologies, and treatments. Every October 1, significant changes to ICD-10 codes take place, and they will have a notable impact on various specialties, although this year, we don’t have many changes that affect us in the chiropractic profession. However, there are some changes that affect the prescription of orthotic inserts. In this blog post, we will delve into the key changes to ICD-10 codes effective October 1, 2023, and explore how these changes may relate to the prescription of orthotic shoe inserts.
In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) have emerged as valuable tools that empower individuals to take control of their healthcare expenses and make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. These two financial instruments not only benefit patients but also play a significant role in facilitating interactions between patients and their doctor’s office. They provide a means for managing costs and addressing expenses that fall outside the scope of traditional health insurance coverage, ultimately fostering a more efficient and patient-centered healthcare system.
In the game Duck, Duck, Goose, you never know when you’re going to get picked, who’s going to pick you, or how fast you’ll have to run! You can probably remember sitting in the circle yourself, being nervous for what will happen next and ready to jump to your feet and make a run for it at any given moment.
No matter the type or style of practice we have, we find ourselves in much the same scenario when it comes to not being sure when or which governing, or auditing-type entity may choose us. Will we be prepared? Will we be able to quickly jump to action and respond? Will we know what to do? Are we paying attention and feeling confident? Cash-based, accepting insurance, or turning away Medicare patients—the risks are still real. Just like the children’s game, every duck is different. Some are fast, some slow, some more intimidating than others and there are those that we hope to avoid altogether. And when you’re the goose, you’d better be ready!
In a recent collaboration, Foot Levelers, the leading provider of custom orthotics, teamed up with Dr. Christine Foss, MD, DC, MS.Ed, ATC, DACBSP, ICSC, to shed light on an issue affecting a significant portion of the workforce: women’s back pain. This pervasive problem impacts workplace performance, leading to reduced productivity and increased healthcare costs. Understanding the unique challenges faced by women, healthcare professionals have emphasized the role of chiropractic care and innovative workplace strategies in mitigating back pain issues.
When billing 3rd party payers for exercise therapy, matching documentation descriptions to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes can be confusing. There are numerous exercise therapy services, including stretching, and some seem similar and overlap. Yet insurance companies do not think so when processing your claims. In this blog, I’ll show you how to differentiate between them with proper coding.
Exercise Billing: 97110, 97112, or 97530?
Let’s take a deeper look into the proper CPT® coding for exercise therapies. These codes are similar, and it is important to understand how the context and documentation define the differences between them. The details of these codes are dependent on the documentation of each, so providers must recognize the distinctions between these codes as they relate to the intent behind the prescription of the exercise.
Do you suffer from foot, knee, hip, or back pain? Medical conditions or structural abnormalities elsewhere in the body may be responsible. While medical therapies can help to mask the pain and address the symptoms, custom orthotics may be able to correct the underlying cause.
Individuals with overpronation, over-supination, plantar fasciitis, leg length differences, and numerous other conditions can benefit from arch support insoles customized to their particular foot shape and complaint. Arch support inserts also provide cushioning and stability while, at the same time, distributing the pressure on your feet more evenly.
May is “National Correct Posture Month” and its purpose is to shed light on the importance of the posture of the human body. Another goal is to increase awareness regarding the strategies people can follow to improve their posture. Bad posture will have a great impact on quality of life. It can also lead to certain painful health conditions such as persistent upper and lower extremity and back pain.
The Dangers of Sitting Posture:
Sitting has been called “the new smoking” when it comes to the wide-ranging health problems it can trigger. In fact, one in four American adults sits for more than eight hours a day, according to federal research from investigators at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Some figures indicate that the average American sits 7.7 hours per day. Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and elevated LDL and reduced HDL cholesterol levels.
Where to Get Custom Orthotics
Custom orthotics are unique inserts specifically tailored to cushion and support your feet. They can reduce the ache and distress caused by various foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, overpronation, and flat feet. Custom insoles must be crafted to precisely fit your feet to achieve optimal comfort and support. Keep reading to find out where you can obtain custom orthotics.
Who prescribes custom orthotics?
If you’re trying to figure out where to source custom insoles, begin by consulting an expert who can guarantee your orthotics will have a precise fit and deliver optimal support tailored to your feet’s shape. Healthcare professionals, such as doctors of chiropractic and physical therapists, can prescribe custom orthotics. They may also be prescribed by chiropractors and other healthcare specialists with expertise in treating issues affecting the feet, ankles, legs and other parts of the body.
If you experience discomfort in your feet or legs, you might wonder whether custom arch supports are worth it, as they do not come cheap. However, custom insoles made for your specific feet can lead to increased mobility and quality of life if you are experiencing foot pain, deformities, or conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Arch support inserts can also correct functional problems and prevent foot conditions from worsening. After all, you cannot put a price on being pain-free.
How Much Can You Expect to Pay for Custom-Made Arch Supports?