Modifiers are sometimes essential to ensure proper payment, but choosing the correct one can be tricky. Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS; Katherine Abel, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPC-I; and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, discusssome confusing modifiers and how to use them accurately.
CMS’ proposed 2014 OPPS rule is set to introduce many changes, such as more packaged services, including lab tests and add-on codes. Jugna Shah, MPH; Dave Fee, MBA; Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC; and Valerie A. Rinkle, MPA, offer their insight on what effect these changes could have for providers.
Coding may not be brain surgery, but understanding brain anatomy can greatly help coders when reporting head injuries or disorders. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, reviews some major components of brain anatomy and the impact of ICD-10-CM on coding for some common diagnoses.
Some providers are billing only add-on codes without their respective primary codes, resulting in overpayments, according to CMS. Add-on codes billed without their primary codes are considered an overpayment, with one exception.
Q: A patient comes into the ED with chest pain. An EKG (CPT® code 93005) is performed. The patient goes directly to the catheterization lab for catheterization (code 93454). Is a modifier appropriate for the EKG?