Drug administration is one of the most commonly performed procedures in outpatient departments; however, this topic continues to generate confusion for coders and providers alike. Brush up on CPT coding rules for intravenous (IV) injections, infusions, and hydration services. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of heart arrhythmia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, RHIA, CCS-P, COC, CPC-I , reviews outpatient coding for AF and surgical techniques used to treat the condition on a case-by-case basis.
The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule includes significant documentation and payment changes for outpatient office visits reporting using E/M codes 99202-99215. Beginning in 2021, these proposed updates could add billions of dollars to the national E/M revenue stream.
The four organizations that make up the Cooperating Parties for ICD-10 recently approved the 2020 ICD-10-CM guidelines, which include updated guidance for reporting pressure-induced deep tissue damage, multiple drugs or medicinal substances, injuries and complications.
Q: A patient presents to a wound care clinic for assessment of a 15 sq. cm open wound. A nurse evaluates the wound and performs selective debridement. Would it be appropriate to bill an E/M code and if so, should we report modifier -25?
Before starting an ambulatory or outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, those tasked with the project must first create some universal definitions, so everyone is on the same page and speaking the same language.
CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and OPPS proposed rules on July 29, introducing new CPT codes and extensive changes to documentation requirements for E/M office visits, and seeking commentary on how to overhaul MIPS and potentially undo its payment policy for drugs purchased through the 340B discount program.
Physician coders need to know when it’s appropriate it apply modifier -25 for significant, separately identifiable E/M service. Lori A. Cox, MBA, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CGSC, CHONC , reviews the correct application of this frequently misused modifier. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Q: Suppose a patient comes in for psychological testing evaluation. The provider interprets the test results and patient data, prepares a report, and begins treatment planning. If the interactive feedback session is held several days later, how would this be reported using CPT codes?
Several surgical techniques can be used to excise or slow the growth of a paratubal cyst. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC , describes the etiology of paratubal cysts and CPT coding for their treatment.