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By John Verhovshek
Mar 28th, 2019
Comments Off on “Same Physician” May Not Mean What You Think It Does
If you’re a coder, you’ve probably seen the term “same physician” used throughout the CPT® codebook: for example, the descriptor for modifier 25 stipulates, “Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician ...
By John Verhovshek
Mar 19th, 2019
A summary of the CPT® Editorial Panel’s actions during its February 2019 meeting offers us a glimpse of changes to come for the CPT 2020 and 2021. Perhaps the biggest news are approved revisions to office and outpatient E/M codes 99201-99215, schedu...
By John Verhovshek
Mar 12th, 2019
Comments Off on CPT® Panel Approves E/M Documentation Changes
In its February 2019 meeting, the AMA CPT Editorial Panel has approved revised guidelines for new and established office or outpatient visit codes 99202-99215 that would eliminate history and examination as key components to select the E/M service lev...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Mar 11th, 2019
Comments Off on Tissue Adhesive Wound Closure Coding
Tissue adhesive, or cyanoacrylate, is like “Super Glue” for the skin. Commonly known as Dermabond® (which is a brand of tissue adhesive sold by Ethicon™), cyanoacrylate is a liquid that may be used to close wounds, either in place of or in add...
By John Verhovshek
In Billing
Mar 8th, 2019
Comments Off on Clinical Staff vs Qualified Providers
The CPT® codebook is careful to differentiate clinical staff from physicians and qualified healthcare professionals (QHPs). Per CPT®: A “physician or other qualified health care professional” is an individual who is qualified by education, training, ...