CPT ® codes in 2015 for cardiovascular procedures include the ability to report several new technologies and procedures. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, explain the procedures and what coders will need to look for in documentation to select the correct code.
Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, discusses modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) use, including the latest guidance from CMS on the four new, more specific replacements—and how more guidance is needed before providers can feel comfortable using them.
Providers report excessive units for initial IV infusions for both chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy drugs, according to the results of an audit reported in the January 2015 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter .
Q: Would it be appropriate to report CPT ® code 75984 (change of percutaneous tube or drainage catheter with contrast monitoring [e.g., genitourinary system, abscess], radiological supervision and interpretation) for the following procedure: A small amount of contrast was injected through the indwelling nephrostomy drainage catheter. This demonstrated the catheter is well positioned within the renal collecting system. There is a small amount of thrombus attached to the tip of the pigtail catheter. The existing catheter was cut and a guidewire was advanced through the catheter into the renal collecting system. The existing catheter was removed over the wire and exchanged for a new 10 French nephrostomy tube. The catheter was secured to the skin with 2-O suture and covered with a sterile dressing.