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
May 30th, 2017
During either joint aspiration or injection, imaging guidance may be employed to ensure accurate needle placement. In 2015, CPT® revised existing 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, fingers, t...
In Coding
Jul 25th, 2016
During either aspiration or injection, imaging guidance may be employed to ensure accurate needle placement. In 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 (revised text is underlined). 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small join...
Part 1: Arm yourself with bundling rules and medical policy knowledge. Cost control and denials are common in orthopedic care. Over the next two months, we’ll review common mistakes that lead to orthopedic claims denials and provide tips to avoid those mistakes. This month, we’ll discuss unbundling and medical policies. Next month, we’ll discuss up-coding ...
Feb 1st, 2015
CPT® 2015 requires you to differentiate “with” or “without” ultrasonic guidance. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Among the many hundreds of changes to the 2015 CPT® codebook are new and revised codes to report aspiration or injection of small, medium, and large joints. Combination codes now describe such aspiration/injection with ultrasonic (US) guidance, but allow ...