QUESTION: I work in an urgent care setting and need to know if we can bill an administration code for injection of Toradol. For example, a patient comes in, and the provider performs an E/M and administers 60mg Toradol intramuscular. I have not been charging for it, thinking it’s bundled into the E/M.
Physicians and facilities use the same codes to report evaluation and management (E/M) levels for emergency department (ED) services, but follow different rules. Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, and Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC, explain how to correctly choose the most appropriate E/M code for ED services.
CMS is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 OPPS proposed rule, released July 6. One has to do with how CMS proposes to calculate APC relative weights; the other addresses the reimbursement level for separately payable drugs and biologicals without pass-through status. Jugna Shah, MPH, and Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, discuss the proposed changes for OPPS payment.
CMS is proposing two major changes as part of the 2013 OPPS proposed rule, released July 6. One has to do with how CMS proposes to calculate APC relative weights; the other addresses the reimbursement level for separately payable drugs and biologicals without pass-through status.
Our coding experts answer questions about reporting dialysis for ESRD patient in ED, coding for sequential infusions, procedures on the inpatient-only list, replacement code for C9732, and new drug HCPCS codes.
Some wounds and conditions don’t respond to conventional therapies and treatment modalities. In those cases, providers may consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO). Gloria Miller CPC, CPMA, and Todd Sommer, DO, DPM, CWS, review the conditions eligible for HBO therapy and correct code assignment for these services.
Q. When is it appropriate to append modifier -74 (procedures discontinued after anesthesia administration or after the procedure has begun) or -73 (procedures discontinued prior to anesthesia) instead of to modifier -52 (reduced service)? Is there more than anesthesia that determines their use? The report below was coded with CPT ® 62311 (injection[s] of diagnostic or therapeutic substance[s]…; lumbar or sacral [caudal]). I asked the coder if modifier -74 should be appended, and the coder said that -52 should be appended. Is this correct? Procedure: Attempted lumbar midline interlaminar epidural steroid injection L5-S1 with fluoroscopy After identifying the L5-S1 interlaminar space fluoroscopically, the skin was sterilely prepped and draped. The skin and subcutaneous tissue were anesthetized with 1% lidocaine. Utilizing a loss of resistance technique and intermittent fluoroscopic guidance, an 18 gauge Tuohy needle was utilized to approach the epidural space. I was not able to successfully identify the epidural space secondary to encountered resistance. The needle depth was checked on lateral views and noted to be superficial to the epidural space when resistance was encountered. We were going to utilize a caudal approach, however skin breakdown was noted. At this point, I elected to have her return for care in 2 weeks and get the skin breakdown in the caudal area treated.
QUESTION: A patient complained of intractable pain from compression fracture (sustained the day prior to admission). The guidelines state if pain is not documented as acute or chronic, don't assign codes from the 338 category. Should we query the physician if the pain was acute or chronic rather than just using the fracture code if it appears that pain control was the main reason for the visit?
As part of the July update to the Intergrated Outpatient Code Editor, CMS reinstated HCPCS C1882 to the list of acceptable devices for CPT code 33249. Dave Fee, MBA, explains the implications of the change and reviews code changes included in the update.
Physicians can perform three different types of wound debridement and coders will find different codes for each type. Gloria Miller, CPC, CPMA, and John David Rosdeutscher, MD, discuss the different types of debridement, as well as coding and documentation requirements.
In this month's issue, our coding experts answer questions about how to differentiate between modifiers -52, -73, -74, coding for negative pressure wound therapy, and billing the technical component of pathology services.
HCPCS code C1882 (cardioverter-defibrillator, other than single or dual chamber [implantable]) will once again meet the criteria to override the device-to-procedure edit for CPT® code 33249 (insertion or replacement of permanent pacing cardioverter-defibrillator system with transvenous lead[s], single or dual chamber).
Coders can run into two types of edits that may require them to append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to override: National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits and medically unlikely edits (MUE). Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, and Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, explain the differences between the edits and how to correctly determine when to override the edit.
An anesthesia provider faces plenty of challenges: cancelled anesthesia, failed medical direction, monitored anesthesia care, time issues, invasive line placement rules, and start/stop times. Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS, reviews some of the common challenges coders face when reporting anesthesia services.
QUESTION: Our laboratory medical director sent out a notification to our medical staff, patient care departments, and order entry personnel that a physician order that read “CBC” or “CBC with differential” would be completed as a CBC with automated or manual differential and coded using CPT ® code 85025 (blood count; complete [CBC], automated [Hgb, Hct, RBC, WBC, and platelet count] and automated differential WBC count). Should we code 85025 when the order just reads CBC and when we do a manual differential with the CBC?
Our coding experts answer your questions about correct use of modifier –PD, coding infusions to correct low potassium levels, payment for HCPCS code J2354, appropriate reporting of IV push followed by infusion of the same drug, and the difference between modifiers –AS and -80.