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Quickly Spot CPT® Guideline Changes by Looking for Green SuperCoder Text

Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by .

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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,

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Image Guidance: 64561 Code Definition Catches Up With CCI Edits

Posted on 24. Dec, 2012 by .

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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…

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HCPCS Level II 2013 Code Changes Now on Physician Coder

Posted on 24. Dec, 2012 by .

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 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.

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Decipher the ‘Rule of Nines’ With AMA’s Latest Burn Treatment Guidance

Posted on 21. Dec, 2012 by .

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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.

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CPT® 2013: 38243 Will Bring a New Option for HPC Boost Starting January 1

Posted on 12. Dec, 2012 by .

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‘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.

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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 .

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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.

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CMS: Report to Medicaid and Medicare? 2 Issues You Need to Know Now

Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 by .

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Keep up with the latest on NDCs and the OIG Work Plan.

Crossover areas for Medicare and Medicaid are in the news. Here are the details on following CMS’s new rule on adding NDC codes on Medicare claims and the OIG Work Plan’s focus on Part B drug savings.

rel=”nofollow”>Part B InsiderKeeping pace with Medicare’s never-ending roller coaster of reimbursement and compliance changes is no easy feat. But Part B Insider simplifies your work by putting the most important Part B coding info at your fingertips – every week! rel=”nofollow”>Click here to buy.

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Scope Out AMA’s Latest Lung Coding Examples

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by .

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Lung and pleural procedures are in the spotlight in the just released September 2012 CPT® Assistant. Whether you want details about how thoracotomy and thoracoscopy codes changed for 2012 or you’re longing for VATS clinical examples, this authoritative AMA resource has you covered.

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Top Takeaways from AMA 2013 Symposium

Posted on 20. Nov, 2012 by .

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The AMA’s annual CPT and RBRVS Symposium took place November 14-16 in Chicago, with experts from more than a dozen medical specialties sharing glimpses into what coding and reimbursement will be like for 2013. As a first time attendee, here are my top takeaways:

  • I have a fresh admiration and respect for people who code for cardiology services. It’s such a complex specialty, and their coding goes through major changes every year. New codes, interim codes, bundled services, updated definitions, new technology that needs reconsideration and re-valuation — it’s enough to hopefully ensure job security for cardiology coders everywhere.
  • I would never survive as a molecular pathology coder. Aside from the fact that I don’t know enough to understand the code descriptors, the entire codeset in CPT® 2013 has been restructured. As presenter Mark S. Synovec, M.D., explained, Tier 1 consists of 105 codes (13 of which are new)

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New Code Woes, Old Code Deaths, and Payment Celebrations

Posted on 20. Nov, 2012 by .

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 Day 2 of the AMA Symposium gave rundowns of 2013 changes for neurology, cardiothoracic surgery, and pathology. Read on for some top predictions and black-and-white facts.

 “There’s going to be gnashing of teeth over the new chemodenervation codes,” Gregory L. Barkley, M.D., predicted when referring to new code 64615. “Providers have been used to reporting multiple codes when they treat different nerves during an encounter, but the new code changes that. Providers will take a big hit for that.”

Code Search  2013 code overhauls giving you jitters? Stay up to date on the latest code changes for neurology, cardiothoracic surgery, and pathology with SuperCoder’s Code Search. Get it Now.

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