Physician coders won't be able to just report the CPT ® code that best describes the procedure for some digestive system services in 2015. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, explain why some payers, including CMS, may require new G codes for certain procedures and how the G codes map to related CPT codes.
Coders may be familiar with the term "fetal distress" in physician documentation, but its lack of specificity can limit code selection. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, CDIP, COBGC, explains what coders can look for in documentation to report the most accurate ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CMfetal status codes.
The musculoskeletal and nervous system sections of the 2015 CPT Manual include dozens of new and revised codes to accommodate the latest technologies and procedures. Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, and Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC, review the codes and highlight important instructional notes in the guidelines.
Q: I have a question regarding a National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edit. I reported CPT ® code 80053 (comprehensive metabolic panel) and 84132 (potassium; serum, plasma or whole blood), resulting in an NCCI conflict. This code pair does allow modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to be appended to one of the codes to be paid for both tests. Does it matter if we append modifier -59 to the primary code or the secondary?\ In my case, sometimes the secondary code is already dropped into the system and now the edit is asking me to append the modifier. Can I add modifier -59 to 80053 whether it's the primary code or not?