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Tricky Facet Joints
By Jackie Miller, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, PCS

In September of 2008, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published the results of an audit of Medicare facet-joint injection claims. The audit was triggered by a 76% increase in Medicare payments for facet-joint injections from 2003 to 2006. The OIG’s auditors reviewed medical records and claims data for 646 injections performed in 2006.

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