While coders can choose among many CPT codes, provider documentation may sometimes not differentiate between similar options. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, CDIP, writes about some tricky procedures to distinguish and how coders can ensure they’re reporting which procedures providers actually performed. Note: To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription. Once you have set up your free registration, you can log in and access this article by clicking here.
CMS is proposing to replace status indicator E (services not paid, non-allowed item or service) with two more specific status indicators in the 2017 OPPS proposed rule. The agency proposes status indicator E1 for items and services not covered by Medicare and E2 for items and services for which pricing information or claims data are not available.
Q: Our surgeons perform a lot of blepharoptosis repairs. Because each patient is different, different amounts of eyelid tissue has to be removed. One of our surgeons wants to set a maximum amount that is included in the procedure and then charge a blepharoplasty to cover anything over and above this maximum. We are trying to figure out how to even start to operationalize this. It seems to us that this is just a “patient differential” in the surgery like you have in any other surgery. Is there any guidance or standard for this?