Otolaryngology coding covers a wide range of procedures and four parts of the respiratory system—the ears, nose, sinuses, and throat (ENT). Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC, and Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, explore some common ENT coding trouble spots.
Just because a physician considers a service or procedure medically necessary doesn't mean insurance carriers will pay for it. When a service or procedure is not covered, facilities must provide patients with an Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN). Judith Kares, JD, CPC, and Jacqueline Woeppel, MBA, RHIA, CCS, explain limits on liability and what modifiers to use with ABNs.
The January update to the Integrated Outpatient Code editor generally includes a large number of changes and the January 2012 update is no exception. Dave Fee, MBA, highlights the most significant changes including the addition of modifier –PD, which he calls one of the real sleepers in this release.