In Coding
Nov 24th, 2015
Coding for paravertebral facet joint destruction is based on destruction of the sensory innervation to each facet joint, not per facet joint nerve. CPT Assistant (Feb. 2015) says: Although two nerves innervate each facet joint, the number of nerves treated does not affect code selection. This is reflected in the term “nerve(s)” which is included ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
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 ...
Mar 1st, 2011
From bronchoscopy to tongue excision and dizziness to drooling, here’s what’s new for ENT. By Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC, CENTC CPT® 2011 brings more than a dozen code changes of particular relevance to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) practices. Among the most prominent is the addition of three codes to ...