When a physician determines the patient has a coronary artery blockage, the physician can choose from several options for treating the patient, depending on exactly what is wrong. John F. Seccombe, MD, and Betty Johnson, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPCD, CCS-P, PCS, CCP, CIC, RMC, discuss invasive and non-invasive treatments, as well as the heart’s anatomy.
CMS did not discuss drug administration services in the 2012 OPPS final rule, but the AMA did make significant additions to the CPT ® coding guidelines in the 2012 CPT Manual . Jugna Shah, MPH, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, review the guidelines and explain the nuances to keep coders up to date.
The Bishop’s Score is primarily a scoring system to assess the viability and/or success of an induction of labor, odds of a spontaneous pre-term delivery, or whether a cesarean section should be considered instead of a vaginal delivery. Lori-Lynne Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP , explains how physicians tally the Bishop’s Score and what coders should look for in the documentation.
CMS instructed fiscal intermediaries (FI) and Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC) to hold claims containing CPT ® code 33249 (insertion or replacement of permanent pacing cardioverter-defibrillator system with transvenous lead[s], single or dual chamber) and HCPCS code C1882 (cardioverter-defibrillator, other than single or dual chamber [implantable]).
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?