Anesthesia for colorectal cancer screening is a separately billable service, if you follow guidelines. By Joette Derricks, MPA, CMPE, CPC, CHC, CSSGB CPT® 2015 includes several coding and billing changes in the Anesthesia section, of which anesthesiologists should be aware. One significant change — which is great news for your Medicare patients — is the ...
Sort through the guidance to master use of modifiers PT and 33. By Anna Conlon Barnes, CPC, CEMC, CGSCS When it comes to colonoscopy coding, I keep Medicare rules clear of any commercial payer rules. In our coding department, any patient undergoing a colonoscopy for screening or surveillance with no current symptoms gets either modifier ...
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Feb 3rd, 2014
Control of bleeding during surgery is not separately reportable if the bleeding occurs as a result of the surgery itself. Think of this as the, “You break it, you buy it” rule. For example, a surgeon injects epinephrine to control bleeding during a polyp removal (e.g., 45385, Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with removal ...
Oct 1st, 2012
By Sarah W. Sebikari, MHA, CPC Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, if all adults 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, we could cut the death rate from this disease in half, saving approximately 25,000 lives each year. Colonoscopy is ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Whether it’s new modifiers, E/M, radiology, or Category II codes, we have the outlook for what’s on the horizon. By Raemarie Jimenez, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CANPC, CRHC CPT® 2012 arrives with over 500 code changes, plus minor additions to the Evaluation and Management Services Guidelines. The revised evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines clarify the “three-year ...