In Coding
Aug 15th, 2017
During either joint aspiration or injection, imaging guidance may be employed to ensure accurate needle placement. For CPT® 2015, the AMA revised previous joint (or bursa) aspiration/injection codes to specify “without ultrasonic guidance,” while adding codes to describe the same procedures with ultrasonic (US) guidance: 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (eg, ...
In Coding
Aug 15th, 2017
When reporting CPT® 23700 Manipulation under anesthesia, shoulder joint, including application of fixation apparatus (dislocation excluded) general anesthesia—not local, moderate sedation, etc., is required. Per CPT Assistant (April 2005): CPT code 23700 is intended to be reported for the manipulation only when performed under general anesthesia. The code descriptors, which include the phrase &#...
In Coding
Aug 7th, 2017
A laboratory panel is a package of tests that often are ordered together. Each panel code (80047-80076) includes multiple tests. When all the tests included in the panel are ordered, report the panel code. If any test defined as part of the panel is not performed, report the code(s) to describe the individual tests performed. ...
In Coding
Aug 7th, 2017
When claiming chemodenervation, you may report multiple units of 95773 Electrical stimulation for guidance in conjunction with chemodenervation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) or 95874 Needle electromyography for guidance in conjunction with chemodenervation (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) for guidance, per session; but, you should claim a ...
Aug 2nd, 2017
Hospices that are successful quality reporters will fair better. CMS filed a final rule in the Federal Register on Aug. 1, updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018). The final rule includes new quality measures and provides an update on ...