Jul 1st, 2012
By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses an ultrasound transducer positioned on an endoscope and guided into the patient’s esophagus to visualize the heart’s valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs. An anesthesiologist may use TEE as a diagnostic tool to establish conditions ...
In Billing
Nov 29th, 2010
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently clarified billing instructions for positron emission tomography sodium fluoride-18 (PET NaF-18) scans for identifying bone metastasis of cancer in the context of a clinical trial and by correcting applicable codes that can be billed with this service. PET NaF-18 Clarified, Corrected was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by ...
In Coding
Feb 1st, 2010
Don’t settle for a portion of payment—get the full amount. By Meera Mohanakrishnan, CPC, CPC-H Frequently, the total service/procedure described by a single CPT® code is comprised of two distinct portions: a professional component and a technical component. The professional component of a diagnostic service/procedure is provided by the physician, and may include supervision, interpretation, ...
In Coding
Mar 1st, 2009
From A-scans to YAG. By Kim Ross, CPC, OCS, and Sue Vicchrilli, COT, OCS Remember the pirate’s often-lost wooden eye in “Pirates of the Caribbean?” Or Tom Cruises’ eye transplant in “Minority Report?” Movies showing eye injuries intrigue us. Although it is a challenge to code these incidents, an even greater challenge is correctly coding ...