In Coding
Oct 15th, 2014
Question: Is 36000 appropriate to report venous blood draw by butterfly catheter to obtain a lab specimen? Answer: According to the AMA’s CPT® Assistant (December 2008; volume 18: issue 12), the correct code in this case is not 36000, but 36415: Code 36415, Collection of venous blood by venipuncture, should be reported because it describes ...
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John Q: Can you explain the difference among venipuncture codes 36000 and 36400-36415? A: For routine collection of blood samples by venipuncture, use 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Codes 36400-36410 differ from 36415 in that they describe venipuncture that requires a physician’s (or other qualified provider’s) skill to ...
Apr 1st, 2011
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the latest National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) update. Version 17.1 is effective April 1, and contains more than 700,000 code pair edits. Among those edits, nearly 12,000 are new to Version 17.1. Approximately 350 code pair edits have been deleted, the majority of which are retroactive to ...
Dec 1st, 2008
Here’s what you need to know to stay in compliance. Part 1 of a 2-part series By Elin Baklid-Kunz, MBA, CPC, CCS It’s not easy keeping current with Medicare’s changing critical care services policy. Recent changes include the July 1, Change Request (CR) 5993, which revises the Medicare Claims Processing Manual, Publication 100-04, chapter 12, ...
Feb 1st, 2008
You’re Probably Familiar with Critical Care Codes 99291-99292, But Have You Experienced Coding Intricacies for Pediatric Patients 24 Months of Age or Younger? By Patricia Champion, CPC The same definition for critical care applies to all age groups—adult, child, and neonate. CPT® defines critical care as the direct delivery by a physician of medical care ...