About Dawn Moreno

Dawn Moreno, PhD, CBCS, CMAA, MTC. Lives in the beautiful Southwest United States and has been an instructor for medical coding/billing for the past 7 years.
7 Jun, 2015

Medical Billing Bone Marrow – What Code to Use? Video

Q: This is more of a billing question. If the doctor performs at the hospital, as an outpatient procedure, a bone marrow which is code 38221, can he add an E/M code along with a modifier 25? This is a Medicare established patient. He is a hematologist/oncologist. A: The code we

28 May, 2015

CCO Testimonial Dawn Moreno – Medical Coding Testimonial – Video

Dawn: I was asked a question but I wanted to take just 10 seconds, because not only an instructor but I was also a student at CodingCertification.org, and I want to tell people out there who are getting ready to take the CPC exam that are really nervous or people that

23 Feb, 2015

Medicare Patients Advanced Beneficiary Notice

The ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notice) is a document provided to Medicare patients  by a provider prior to a service that is being given that is unlikely to be covered by Medicare.  The notice indicates that the service is not going to be covered and the patient agrees to personally pay for

19 Feb, 2015

Medical Billers Medical Review for Medicare

The  Social Security Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mandated  to protect the Medicare Trust Fund against inaccurate or excessive payments that pose risk to the Trust Fund and  to take corrective measures to correct such. To protect the fund Medicare contracts with Part A and Part

16 Feb, 2015

Medical Billers Unexpected Charges

A person went into the hospital for a surgery on a herniated disk. He signed a bunch form set before him. Well, after the surgery, the bills started arriving. Bills in the range of $4,300 for the anesthesiologist, $56,000 from the hospital, and even $133,00 for his ortho doctor who he

13 Feb, 2015

AAPCs Certified Professional Biller Credential

As a medical billing instructor, I am frequently asked about the new CPB credential from AAPC. I think this new credential is great, and I feel students just out of a good medical billing course do have a chance of passing the test. The CPB test measures the billers ability to

9 Feb, 2015

Medical Malpractice Insurance of Interest to Medical Billers

Recently, I read an article by Dr. Belk that interested me so much and challenged my own perceptions about this issue that I wanted to discuss this issue in a blog post here :).  I, like so many others, thought that medical malpractice insurance was becoming so outrageously expensive for doctors

5 Feb, 2015

Medical Billers Surgical Disclosure Notice

Beneficiaries must be notified in writing  of the expected out-of-pocket expenses related to an elective surgery that is not covered by their insurance over the amount of $500.  The disclosure is required to be given by surgeons and assistants. For the purposes of the Federal Medicare program an "elective" surgery is

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