Author "John Verhovshek"

By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
Venipuncture coding is easy, but there are three rules to follow: 1. Select the right code. Venipuncture coding is described using CPT® 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. 2. Don’t append modifier 63. Modifier 63 describes a procedure ...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
There’s been a change to teaching physician documentation rules, effective Jan. 1, for claims to Medicare. And, those changes are to the benefit of teaching physicians. As explained in MLN Matters Number: MM10412 Revised: The Centers for Medicare &am...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jun 19th, 2018
Presumptive drug testing services may be performed prior to definitive drug screen testing (80320-80377), when a provider wants to rule out illicit drug uses or to confirm the presence of a particular drug class without identifying individual drugs; o...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jun 13th, 2018
Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy codes received updates in CPT® 2018 that significantly change how the services are reported. Existing codes 38220 and 38221 were revised: 38220 Bone Diagnostic bonemarrow; aspirationonly(s) 38221 Bone Diagnostic bonem...
By John Verhovshek
Jun 7th, 2018
Many evaluation and management (E/M) service codes distinguish between new or established patients. A patient is new if he or she has not received a face-to-face, professional service from the provider, or a provider of the same specialty/subspecialty...