The AMA added a total of 60 new codes throughout the surgery section of the 2012 CPT ® Manual , 18 of which appear in the cardiovascular and respiratory system subsections. The AMA also revised 86 codes and deleted 48 codes in the surgery section. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, MAOM/HSM, CCS-P, CPC-H, CHA, and Christi Sarasin, CCS, CCDS, CPC-H, FCS, highlight the significant changes for 2012.
The ultimate goal of fetal surveillance is to prevent fetal death. Part of this process is a fetal non-stress test (FNST), the monitoring of the fetal heart rate in response to fetal movement. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CHDA, CCS-P, CCP, CPC, COBGC, details what the FNST includes and how to code for it.
CMS decided not to cap outpatient payment rates for cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator procedures at the standardized inpatient rate as part of the calendar year 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule. In addition, CMS finalized several changes regarding payments for 11 cancer centers, drug payment calculations, and physician supervision. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, explain the changes facilities will see in 2012.
CMS added four new J codes for reporting drugs and biologicals that previously did not have specific codes available as part of the 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System updates ( Transmittal 2376 ).
QUESTION: The 2012 CPT ® Manual includes the typical time physicians spend at the bedside and on the patient’s hospital floor or unit for initial observation care codes 99218, 99219, and 99220. Do these codes only apply when the counseling and/or coordination of care support the respective 30/50/70 minutes of time? Do you know if CMS has published any new guidelines related to these times?