In Coding
Jun 13th, 2018
Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy codes received updates in CPT® 2018 that significantly change how the services are reported. Existing codes 38220 and 38221 were revised: 38220 Bone Diagnostic bonemarrow; aspirationonly(s) 38221 Bone Diagnostic bonemarrow; biopsy, needle or trocar(ies) Note: To demonstrate the updates for 2018, new text is underlined and deleted text is struck ...
Sep 1st, 2014
Double dipping is a risk if you don’t know the rules. By Angela Clements, CPC, CEMC, COSC Modifier 59 Distinct procedural service is used when two codes are not normally reported together (for instance, one code may be bundled with the other), but may be billed together under certain circumstances (for instance, if the two ...
Sep 1st, 2013
Five principles will help you capture appropriate charges for spine surgeries. “It seems like coding spine cases is as complicated as doing the surgery,” said a spine surgeon at his first coding training session with me. Spine procedure coding can make even the most confident coder squirm. But spine procedure coding doesn’t have to be ...
Jun 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Used appropriately, modifier 59 Distinct procedural service is a powerful reimbursement tool allowing for separate payment of distinct services that, under usual circumstances, would not be billed together. For this same reason, the modifier also allows ample opportunity for misuse and abuse. The competent coder will apply modifier 59 ...