L. Neal Freeman

Dr. L. Neal Freeman

Coding and Physician Reimbursement Analysts, Inc.
5510 Murrell Road
Melbourne , FL 32940
Office: 321-253-2166
Fax: 321-726-4061

Introduction

Physician Medical Coding Expert: Practicing surgeon and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based providing expert witness and consulting services in medical coding, reimbursement, and compliance.

-President, Coding and Physician Reimbursement Analysts, Inc.
-Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based
-Chair, Coding and Third Party Reimbursement Committee, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
-Chair, Third Party Liaison Committee, Florida Society of Ophthalmology
-Representative, CPT Advisory Committee, American Medical Association
-Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
-Chief of Ophthalmology, Holmes Regional Medical Center

Instructs, writes, and speaks for national audiences. Excellent communication skills.

One of the select group of practicing physicians and surgeons that is also a
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/drnealfreeman
321.253.2166


Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitals & Medical Services
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Fraud
  • Medical Insurance

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Bachelor of Science (With Distinction), Cornell University College of Engineering, 1981

Doctor of Medicine (With Distinction), University of Michigan Medical School, 1984

Master of Business Administration, University of Central Florida College of Business, 1999

Certified Coding Specialist--Physician-based, American Health Information Management Association, 2003

Residency in Ophthalmology, Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital

Fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of California, San Francisco

Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology
Florida Medical License ME 55705
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Medical Assocation, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons, Florida Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, American Health Information Management Association, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Dr. Freeman is an active instructor and speaker to local, regional, and national audiences.

Topics include:

Resource based relative value scale (RBRVS)
National Correct Coding Initiative
CPT methodology and updates
Evaluation and Management coding
Surgical coding
Modifiers
Fraud and abuse
Audits
Internet coding and reimbursement resources
Strategic planning
Quality management

I author the "coding.doc" column in Ophthalmology Times magazine. These articles are not subject to peer review:

Advanced beneficiary notice shifts responsibility for payment

Coding for pterygium: diagnostics and therapeutics

New vitreoretinal codes represent major change for 2008

Know the guidelines for coding glaucoma tests

2008's new modifiers should be used correctly

CPT's category III codes provide key to new technologies

The National Correct Coding Initiative and bundling

Physician fee schedules, coding are closely related

Glaucoma surgical coding remains a challenge

Consultations are again the focus of changes

Avoidance of coding errors helps doctors stay safe

Switch to ICD-10 must be managed effectively

"Medically Unlikely Edits" program sets payment limits

Coding landscape changes for glaucoma diagnosis and treatment

CAC members help provide clarity to coverage decisions

Modifier -59 modifications carry big reimbursement impact

Payer perspective guides reimbursement

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Fair and reasonable value
Usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR)value
Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction
Conformity with coding guidelines
Personal injury protection (PIP) claims
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Expert witness work including testimony, review of billing records, report preparation, consulting, research, analysis.

References

References upon request.