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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...