When reporting CPT codes for spinal excisions and decompression procedures, coders must consider the approach used, spinal levels operated on, number of providers involved, and more. Note : To access this free article, make sure you first register here if you do not have a paid subscription.
Providers need to clean up coding for electro-acupuncture devices, according to CMS. In Special Edition MLN Matters 20001, the agency noted that some providers are incorrectly coding these devices using HCPCS Level II code L8679 (implantable neurostimulator, pulse generator, any type).
Coders will find a wide range of CPT and HCPCS Level II codes that have been assigned medically unlikely edits (MUE) this year. Review new MUE values that went live January 1 for codes involving drug injections as well as E/M, radiology, and therapy services.
Hemorrhoids are the third most common outpatient gastrointestinal diagnosis in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Debbie Jones, CPC, CCA , writes about symptoms of hemorrhoids and CPT coding for treatment.