In Coding
May 7th, 2013
Thoracentesis is a puncture made between the ribs into the pleural cavity to aspirate or remove accumulated fluid (pleural effusion) from the chest cavity. A needle attached to a syringe is introduced through the skin and chest wall until it penetrates the pleura. For 2013, CPT® deleted 32421 and 32422, previously used to describe thoracentesis, ...
Feb 1st, 2013
2013 CPT® changes for interventional radiology are extensive; here’s where to start. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC The American Medical Association (AMA) was very busy last year, creating 74 new interventional radiology, endovascular, cardiac chamber, and coronary arterial interventional codes for 2013, while deleting 32 codes for many of the same ...
Jul 1st, 2010
By Sarah Sebikari, MHA, CPC CPT® codes designated as “separate procedures” are generally incidental and bundled into a comprehensive/major procedure when performed during the same session, through the same incision, and/or on same anatomic site. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) does not allow separate reporting of a procedure designated as a separate ...
Jun 1st, 2010
By Holly J. Cassano, CPC As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) who supports emergency department (ED) physicians, I am often asked how to code appropriately for the physician component of critical care services in the ED. In response, I created these 10 commandments of critical care coding in the emergency room (ER). 1. Thou Shalt ...