QUESTION: Our laboratory medical director sent out a notification to our medical staff, patient care departments, and order entry personnel that a physician order that read “CBC” or “CBC with differential” would be completed as a CBC with automated or manual differential and coded using CPT ® code 85025 (blood count; complete [CBC], automated [Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC, and platelet count] and automated differential WBC count). Should we code 85025 when the order just reads CBC and when we do a manual differential with the CBC?
QUESTION: The vendor for our cochlear implants has stated it’s standard to provide our operating suite with the cochlear device and two external speech processors. Should we report HCPCS Level II code L8614 (cochlear device, includes all internal and external components) for the one device and two external speech processors even though one processor is sent home with the patient? If so this means that we should charge the patient for the device and two processors as one price under revenue code 278.
QUESTION: I've always coded labile hypertension with ICD-9-CM code 401.9 (unspecified essential hypertension) because I couldn't find a more specific one. My supervisor stated that I must use ICD-9-CM code 796.2 (elevated blood pressure reading without diagnosis of hypertension) because it means the patient's blood pressure was high without a history of hypertension. The physician's diagnosis is labile hypertension. What code would you use?
QUESTION: When would you use the table labeled as not otherwise classified drugs at the end of the HCPCS Level II Table of Drugs and Biologicals? Many other drugs are not assigned a HCPCS code and are not in this table.
QUESTION: We are a small anesthesia group and we are concerned about the specificity for ICD-10-CM. If we submit a claim with an unspecified code and the surgeon submits a claim with more specificity, will we still get paid?
QUESTION: Can you explain the difference between modifier -80 (assistant at surgery by another physician) and –AS (physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist services for assistant at surgery)? Medicare requires us to use both modifiers for our physician assistants. We have been instructed to use -AS first and -80 second for all Medicare claims submissions. Is this correct?
QUESTION: I would like to know the correct codes to use when a patient comes into the ER after smoking synthetic marijuana and has symptoms of palpitations, seizure, or anxiety. Some physicians document ingestion, while others document abuse. What is the proper way to code considering we do not have a specific code for this new drug on the market?