New CPT ® codes introduced for 2014 will give healthcare providers new ways to report pain management services and treatments. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer , reviews some of the codes, including new evaluation and management and Category II codes.
Packaging still causes confusion amongst healthcare providers and the number of packaged services will greatly expand if CMS finalizes certain parts of the 2014 OPPS proposed rule. Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy Baker, JD, CPC , discuss what changes could come in 2014 and how to avoid common packaging errors.
Some of the most sweeping changes in OPPS history were proposed in the 2014 rule, including new packaging rules, quality measures, and changes to evaluation and management. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Dave Fee, MBA, look at some of the changes and how they could impact providers.
Small and mid-sized hospitals are increasing their ICD-10 training for staff, according to a recent Health Revenue Assurance Associates (HRAA) survey of 200 healthcare professionals. However, many still lag behind CMS’ timeline for dual coding and other implementation aspects.
Q: The patient has had a previous bilateral mastectomy and is now coming in for a revision of bilateral areola with a dermal fat graft to the left nipple and excision of excessive skin and subcutaneous tissue from both breasts. This would be CPT ® code 19380 (revision of reconstructed breast) with modifier -50 (bilateral procedure) and 19350-50 (nipple/areola reconstruction) for both procedures. I cannot locate information that tells me if the nipple revision on the reconstructed breast is part of the 19380 or can be separately coded with 19350.