In CMS
Mar 7th, 2016
CPT® 20610 Arthrocentisis, aspiration and/or injection, major joint or bursa (eg, shoulder, hip, knee, subacromial bursa); without ultrasound guidance describes aspiration (removal of fluid) from, or injection into, a major joint (defined as a shoulder, hip, knee, or subacromial bursa)—or both aspiration and injection of the same joint. The procedure may be performed for diagnostic ...
In Coding
Feb 6th, 2015
Each spinal vertebra is linked to the vertebra above it and the vertebra below it by a pair of facet joints. These joints can be a source of back, neck, or extremity pain. The pain can be treated by injection into the facet joint. With the patient prone, and under fluoroscopic guidance, a needle is ...
Feb 1st, 2014
“Clean” claims are only as accurate as your trained coders. By Angela Clements, CPC, CEMC, COSC Software coding edits can be beneficial for a physician office or they can be harmful—it all depends on the end user. From my experience, the pros of software coding edits outweigh the cons. Pros: Software coding edits provide practices ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
Feb 1st, 2012
New, more concise codes facilitate spot-on coding for all components of vascular and nonvascular procedures. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC Many interventional radiology code changes over the past several years have resulted in the creation of a single code to describe what was previously described with multiple codes. This trend continues ...