Q: My question pertains to CPT® vasectomy code 55250. This code includes "unilateral or bilateral (separate procedure) including postoperative semen examination(s).” The CPT manual states that a reference laboratory that performs the semen analysis may bill separately for this service. May we bill CPT code 89321 ( semen analysis; sperm presence and motility of sperm, if performed .) in addition to 55250 when the laboratory performs the semen analysis and the surgeon only performs the vasectomy?
CMS is translating only 27% of its current National Coverage Determinations (NCD) from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, according to Janet Anderson Brock, CMS’ director of the Division of Operations and Information Management, Coverage and Analysis Group Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.
Q: If a patient has a spinal deformity on L5-S1 and we use the appropriate codes from 2280X and then the physician performs an arthrodesis/fusion on the same level, can we bill the appropriate fusion codes (225XX-226XX) as well? My impression is no, but I would love to get some insight into this question.
Q: A physician's office collects a pap specimen and sends the specimen to the hospital lab for processing. The physician's office lists ICD-9-CM code V72.31 (general gynecological examination with or without Papanicolaou cervical smear) as the diagnosis for this service. What is the proper diagnosis code for the hospital to use for billing when only processing the specimen?
CMS added modifier -PD (diagnostic or related nondiagnostic item or service provided in a wholly owned or wholly operated entity to a patient who is admitted as an inpatient within three days or one day) to the Integrates Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) as part of the January updates detailed in Transmittal 2370 .
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.
QUESTION: We are a nondialysis facility, so when a patient is in observation for some other reason and must undergo hemodialysis, we report code G0257 (unscheduled or emergency dialysis treatments for an ESRD [end stage renal disease] patient in a hospital outpatient department that is not certified as an ESRD facility). But how should we code peritoneal dialysis when a patient is in observation or inpatient for other problems? I have received three different codes from different coders. I cannot really find any information on this anywhere.
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.