In November 2011, the FDA approved transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to treat aortic valve stenosis for those patients who are not candidates for traditional open-heart surgery. This procedure is also referred to as a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).
The American Medical Association completely overhauled the CPT ® Manual’s psychiatry subsection for 2013. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, explains the new codes and guidelines associated with psychiatric services.
Coders will find plenty of changes throughout the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and cardiac sections of the CPT® Manual for 2013, as well as guidelines changes, deletions, and editorial revisions. Andrea Clark, RHIA, CCS, CPC-H, Georgeann Edford, RN, MBA, CCS-P, and Marie Mindeman walk through some of the major changes for 2013.
Coders will find significant changes in the medicine section of the 2013 CPT® Manual . Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Georgeann Edford, RN, MBA, CCS-P, review the changes to nerve conduction studies, vaccine administration, ophthalmology, and allergy testing.
Misusing modifier -25 (significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service) can be an expensive proposition. Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS, and Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CHCO, explain how to determine when an E/M service is significant and separately identifiable.
Five new CPT ® codes will be used to report services in two new evaluation and management categories: complex chronic care coordination services and transitional care management services. Shelley C. Safian, PhD, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-I, details the codes and guidelines for these services.
As tempting as it might be to append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to a claim in order to get paid, doing so poses a huge compliance risk. Karna W. Morrow, CPC, RCC, CCS-P, Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS , Peggy Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, and Kimberly Anderwood Hoy, JD, CPC, walk through five case studies to help coders chose the correct modifier.
In order to accurately code physician and provider services, coders must know and understand the place of service (POS) codes. Lori-Lynne A. Webb, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA, COBGC, details the specific POS codes and how to appropriately report them.
The CPT ® Editorial Panel revised its guidance for critical care codes to specifically state that, for hospital reporting purposes, critical care codes do not include specified ancillary services. Denise Williams, RN, CPC-H, and Caral Edelberg, CPC, CPMA, CAC, CCS-P, CHC, discuss how coders should code for critical care services and review which services are bundled into critical care.
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.
When is in appropriate to use modifier -59 to override coding edits? When is another modifier more appropriate? Susan E. Garrison, CHCA, CHCAS, CCS-P, CHC, PCS, FCS, CPAR, CPC, CPC-H, and Sarah L. Goodman, MBA, CHCAF, CPC-H, CCP, FCS , explain the appropriate use of modifier -59.
A surgeon performs a diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy before repairing a patient’s rotator cuff. The surgeon knew ahead of time that he or she would be repairing the rotator cuff. Should a coder or biller append modifier -59 (distinct procedural service) to the CPT® code for the diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy to ensure reimbursement for both procedures?
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).
To correctly assign codes for any surgical procedure, coders need to have an operative (OP) report. But simply having the OP report isn't enough. Coders also must be able to read the report and pick out the important information.
Pain is an expected component of injuries, illnesses, and surgical procedures. Let's face it, breaking your leg hurts. In some instances, however, the patient's pain is unexpected or is worse than predicted. Sometimes, the pain can last well beyond the time it should have resolved.
The Rh factor of positive and negative can lead to problems between a mother and the developing fetus, a condition known as mother-fetus incompatibility. In some cases, the mother must receive the Rho(D) immune globulin. Lori-Lynne A, Webb, COBGC, CPC, CCS-P, CCP, CHDA , explains the diagnostic and procedure coding options for Rho(D) immune globulin.
Facilities can't bill for skin substitutes unless they also bill for a skin substitute application procedure on the same date, according to the April update to the I/OCE. If facilities don't comply with this practice, they won't receive payment for the skin substitute. The April update includes a list of eight procedure codes (CPT codes 15271-15278) and 27 specific skin graft materials.