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Coder’s Role

Posted on 20. Nov, 2013 by .

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Results from Poll dated September 8, 2010

The results are in on Coders’ Roles – and most of you provide coding. You’re also busy with compliance responsibilities and some of you do education and auditing.

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Cut Through 36221-36228 Confusion With May CPT Assistant’s Handy Bullet Lists

Posted on 29. Jul, 2013 by .

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Cervicocerebral angiography codes 36221-36228 have been challenging coders since their January 2013 introduction. Changes to terminology, packaged services, and hierarchies have everyone from newbies to veterans feeling the stress of learning a whole new way to code. You’ll find a shortcut to clarity in the just released May 2013 CPT® Assistant, complete with an aortic arch anatomy graphic, bullet lists of key code features, coding examples, and an easy to use summary of included and excluded services.

Learn more about cervicocerebral angiography coding and other May 2013 CPT Assistant® topics by entering these codes or keywords into SuperCoder.com’s Code Connect search:

  • Cervicocerebral angiography: 36221-36228, 75650, 75660, 75662, 75665, 75671, 75676, 75680, 75685
  • Intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring including electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies and more: 92585, 95822, 95860, 95861, 95863, 95864, 95865, 95866,
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Take Charge of TCM Claims Using CPT Assistant’s What-to-Watch List

Posted on 13. Jun, 2013 by .

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You can sum up CPT’s transitional care management (TCM) guidelines in a single word: indispensable. To help you navigate this complex but crucial maze of rules, CPT® Assistant April 2013 shines a light on the major denial triggers tucked away in the 99495 and 99496 guidelines. You’ll also find important documentation reminders and master how to code services that meet only one of 99496’s timing and complexity requirements.

To see what CPT® Assistant April 2013 has to say about TCM and other coding challenges, search these keywords or codes using SuperCoder.com’s Code Connect:

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Safeguard Against NCS Unit Blunders With Tips from March 2013 CPT Assistant

Posted on 07. May, 2013 by .

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Nerve conduction study (NCS) coding saw a major overhaul for 2013, requiring you to swap counting nerves for counting tests. To ensure your choice of units doesn’t run afoul of the new rules, check out the just released March 2013 CPT® Assistant. You’ll get the nuts and bolts of the procedures 95907-95913 describe, as well as clarification of what counts as a single study. And don’t miss the six different coding scenarios that help you see the rules in action.

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February 2013 CPT® Assistant Reveals Missed Catheterization Coding Opportunities

Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by .

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The CPT® trend of lumping multiple services into a single code has left many questioning whether transcatheter service claims contain too many or too few codes. Help is at hand in the just-released February 2013 CPT® Assistant. You’ll get authoritative guidance on coding catheterization in addition to thrombolysis, feel more secure choosing between primary and secondary mechanical thrombectomy codes, and benefit from coding tips for vena cava filter services, intravascular foreign body retrieval, and carotid stent placement, too.

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Latest CPT® Assistant Dishes Up Details on 2013 MPFS

Posted on 08. Apr, 2013 by .

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Whether you’re concerned about Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction changes or want to dig in to group practice electronic prescribing rules, the first 2013 issue of CPT® Assistant has what you need. This issue takes on the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) presenting the must-know highlights from the massive final rule. Molecular pathology and percutaneous coronary intervention coding updates, Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payments, value-based modifier news, and fee calculation insights are just some of the hot topics featured in this MPFS roundup.
 
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Take Advantage of This CPT Assistant Thyroidectomy Crash Course

Posted on 25. Feb, 2013 by .

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ENT coders will approach tough thyroidectomy coding challenges with confidence after reading the feature article in the December 2012 CPT® Assistant. This just-published issue is chock-full of anatomy insights, key term definitions, and modifier tips to take your thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy coding to the next level. You’ll even get a better understanding of when +60512 is separately reportable so you can capture every dollar without worrying about refund requests.

Easily find the definitive guidance you need to combat denials and ensure correct coding with a quick search of AMA’s CPT® Assistant on SuperCoder.com. You can locate the articles on correct CPT® code usage in the December issue by searching for the indicated codes:

  • Abdominal paracentesis and peritoneal lavage: 49082-49084, 76705, 76942, 77002, 77012, 77021
  • Island pedicle flaps: 13101, 13102, 14000-14302, 15002, 15570-15650, 15731-15740
  • Temporalis fascial graft: 69631
  • Thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy: 38724, 60210-60271, 60500-60512.

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FAQ: How to Research Invalid Message on 95015 Billing?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by .

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 Question: While billing this morning, it was telling me that the procedure code 95015 is invalid. Has this code changed?

  Answer:Yes, a SuperCoder.com search for this code indicates the code is deleted for 2013 and replaced by codes 95017 and 95018. On any code search window enter, 95015. A subscription to any SuperCoder product  containing Code Search provides the rel=”nofollow”>result.

 Click on 95017 and you see the new code’s descriptor and articles discussing the new code.

 Use the arrow button to review the differences between the two new codes as discussed under code 95018’s 2013 Advice.

 

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Discover Documentation Hot Spots for Updated Chest Tube Codes

Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by .

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 Technique, technique, technique! The just-published November 2012 CPT® Assistant highlights procedural technique as your key to interpreting 2013’s thoracentesis and tube thoracostomy codes. This issue’s collection of clinical examples will help you cut through the confusion so you can capture the correct code for your chest case.

 You can pinpoint the official guidance you need from AMA’s rel=”nofollow”>CPT® Assistant with a quick search on SuperCoder’s rel=”nofollow”>Code Connect.  Find the articles in the most recent issue by keying in the codes below into the code search box on Code Connect or any code search box and looking under the Code Connect tab:

   Bronchospasm provocation and spirometry: 94010, 94070, 95070, 95071, 99070

  • Eye paracentesis, anterior chamber: 65800-65815, 66020, 66030, 67500, 67515, 68200
  • Nervous system testing, autonomic: 93660, 95921-95924, 95943
  • Pleural drainage, thoracentesis, and thoracostomy: 32551, 32554-32557, 75989, 76604, 76942, 77002, 77012, 77021, 99143-99145

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Fee Schedule’s Ups and Downs All on SuperCoder

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by .

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The New Year rang in last minute changes for the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule with the conversion rate plummeting to 25.0008 on Jan. 1, 2013. After Obama signed the legislation into law, the rate rose to 34.023 on Jan. 4.

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