Anatomical CPT modifiers aren’t used just to distinguish laterality. Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, reviews how to report modifiers –LC, -LD, -LM, -RC, and –RI for percutaneous coronary interventions.
CMS recently announced changes to require providers to report modifier -JW (drug amount discarded/not administered to any patient) when appropriate. Jugna Shah, MPH, looks at when providers will need to use the modifier and how to remain compliant.
The value modifier is having an increasing effect on physician payments and coding each patient’s severity is key to accuracy. Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, writes about how the value modifier impacts payment and conditions coders should be aware of that quality scores.
Providers should already be aware they will have to report more specific ICD-10-CM codes when CMS ends its grace period for physicians later this year, but the agency will also be excluding certain unspecified codes from reporting in 2017.