Posted on 22. Jan, 2013 by jennifer.godreau.
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
For answers to even more coding puzzles,…
Posted on 10. Jan, 2013 by rpandit.
Follow one-to-one crosswalk.
Despite a major CPT® revamping of genetic test codes (see “81200-81479: Get Ready for Molecular Pathology Overhaul” in this issue), you won’t see a similar change for reporting those test results when you change to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014.
In fact, you can expect a direct crosswalk of a few ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 for reporting a limited number of molecular pathology test results.
Don’t Identify Gene
ICD-9 provides the following limited codes to report some genetic test results:
Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by rpandit.
Get the lowdown on coding native vessel intervention followed by a graft service.
If you want to see what’s new in the Jan. 1, 2013, Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) policy manual, all you have to do is look for the red text marking the changes. One of the revisions sure to draw your eye features guidelines for the new percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) codes. Below is a review of this new policy’s main points.
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Posted on 08. Jan, 2013 by rpandit.
You may have more options than you think.
When dividing ob-gyns’ roles with split antepartum care, the key is counting the visits, coding experts say.
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Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by jennifer.godreau.
If you cross 2013 updates off your to-do list without checking for any guidelines changes, your 2013 coding could be noncompliant. Meeting a code’s requirements also requires adhering to any definitions, documentation specifications, and/or rules listed in the code’s section or subsection guidelines.
For 2013, you have almost 150 CPT® guidelines changes to learn. Fortunately, with SuperCoder’s Code Search, you can quickly spot a code’s changed guidelines. Just like a coding manual, new and/or revised guidelines text is highlighted in green. And when combined with a Coding Alert online newsletter in http://www.supercoder.com/coding-solutions/physician-coder,
Posted on 24. Dec, 2012 by rpandit.
Plus: Radiology guidelines update instructions on reporting S&I separately.
Coding for image guidance with neuroelectrode implant code 64561 will become clearer thanks to a definition change effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Leave 76000, 77002 Off Neurostimulator Claims
CPT® 2013 revises the descriptor of 64561 by adding the underlined text: Percutaneous implantation of neurostimulator electrode array; sacral nerve (transforaminal placement) including image guidance, if performed.
“As with a lot of codes now, imaging is included,” explains Christy Shanley, CPC, department administrator for the University of California, Irvine.
That means you cannot report codes 76000 (2013 definition: Fluoroscopy [separate procedure], up to 1 hour physician or other qualified health care professional time, other than 71023 or 71034 [e.g., cardiac fluoroscopy]) or 77002 (Fluoroscopic guidance for needle placement [e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device]) with 64561, says Michael A. Ferragamo, MD, FACS, clinical assistant professor, University Hospital, State University of New…
Posted on 24. Dec, 2012 by rpandit.
Physician Coder now includes the HCPCS code changes pertinent to your specialty. Read your specialty’s associated HCPCS level II new and deleted codes plus complete HCPCS level II 2013 changes for all specialties.
Posted on 21. Dec, 2012 by jennifer.godreau.
If you code for burn-related services, you know the Rule of Nines is even more complicated than it sounds. Luckily, the October 2012 CPT® Assistant has pinpointed the documentation details that will lead you straight to the proper code. Clear-cut comparisons of debridement and escharotomy will take your understanding of this difficult coding area to the next level.
Accessing the authoritative guidance from AMA’s rel=”nofollow”>CPT® Assistant is simple, thanks to SuperCoder.com’s rel=”nofollow”>Code Connect. Search the codes below for quick links to articles on these subjects:
- Burn treatment: 11042, 11047, 15002, 15005, 15100, 15278, 16000-16036, 97597
- Computed tomography (CT), abdomen and pelvis: 74150, 74160, 74170, 72192-72194
- Debridement, open fracture or dislocation: 11010-11012, 11042, 11044-11047, 15002, 15005
- Ophthalmology, modifiers 50 and 52: 92002, 92014, 92025, 92081-92083, 92100, 92132-92134, 92140, 92225, 92227, 92228, 92240, 92250, 92265, 92270, 92275, 92283-92286, 92310-92312, 92314- 92316, 92325.
Posted on 12. Dec, 2012 by rpandit.
‘Stem cell’ makes way for ‘hematopoietic progenitor’ cell terminology.
The CPT® 2013 updates aren’t final quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start your preparations now. We’ll get you on your way with a look at the expected changes to codes in the 3824x range.
Plan Ahead for This Transplant Coding Overhaul
Your old codes for bone marrow or blood-derived peripheral stem cell transplantation will look a lot different in 2013. But that’s not all. CPT® is adding a new code for hematopoietic progenitor cell boost after transplant, says Jodi Good, CPC-I, CCS-P, PCS, Manager of Professional Coding Services for Altegra Health Inc.
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Take advantage of the must-have AMA guidance revealed in the latest CPT® Assistant newsletter, easily accessible on SuperCoder.com. Simply search for the codes to get the most up-to-date articles on these topics. rel=”nofollow”>Click here to buy.
Get HCPCS Level II 2013 Code Changes Plus Retain 2012 Fees into the New Year – only on Your Specialty Physician Coder
Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by jennifer.godreau.
Now is the time to review your super bills to update them in preparation for more than 150 new and deleted HCPCS level II codes. Otherwise, you could be facing denials for drugs and other supplies come Jan. 1, 2013.