Interventional radiology cases are often complex with confusing coding rules, especially for radiologic supervision and interpretation. Stacie L. Buck, RHIA, CCS-P, RCC, CIC, and Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, lead you through the maze of coding these procedures.
One of the major changes to the 2013 CPT ® Manual is the replacement of the term "physician" with "physician or other qualified healthcare professional" in a wide range of codes. Marie Mindeman and Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H, discuss how this change affects code assignment.
As part of the 2013 OPPS Final Rule, CMS made major changes to how it will reimburse facilities for separately payable drugs and how it will calculate APC relative weights. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Valerie Rinkle, MPA, review the most significant changes in the final rule.
CMS rescinded Transmittal 2607 and replaced it with Transmittal 2636 to update the add-on code edit file to include a change in the list of primary codes for CPT add-on code 90785 (interactive complexity).
Q: A patient went to the operating room under anesthesia for cataract extraction and repair of retinal detachment of the same eye. The surgeon successfully removed the cataract. The surgeon then accessed the back of the eye to begin to repair the detachment. After reviewing the condition of this eye area, the surgeon determined that the eye was in such bad shape it could not be saved, so the detachment was not repaired and surgery was ended. The patient was under anesthesia and the retinal detachment repair procedure was begun (although barely) but then cancelled. Should we report this procedure since the facility incurred expenses for the surgical attempt at repair?