Feb 1st, 2012
New, more concise codes facilitate spot-on coding for all components of vascular and nonvascular procedures. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC Many interventional radiology code changes over the past several years have resulted in the creation of a single code to describe what was previously described with multiple codes. This trend continues ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Each branch of the “family tree” can help you determine additional vessel orders. By Kimberly Engel, CPC Previously, we looked at how best to determine the order of vessels (“In the Journey Through Vessels, Code Destinations, Not Waypoints,” November 2010) and reviewed the basics of catheter placement (“Catheter Location, Not Wire, Decides Proper Interventional Coding,” ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
To claim correctly consider the codes that should be assigned for these cases. Nancy G. Higgins, CPC, CPC-I, CIRCC, CPMA, CEMC Determining correct selective catheter placement codes is an integral part of coding any interventional procedure. For a better understanding, code these two operative (op) reports demonstrating common coding scenarios. Example 1: PATIENT: John Doe ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
Here’s how to report catheter placement from puncture to journey’s end. By Kimberly Engel, CPC When deciding the “order” of a vessel for catheter placement, first ask yourself, “Where did the provider access the vessels for this catheter?” Femoral, brachial, jugular, and iliac are common access sites; other vessels also may be accessed. For puncture ...