In Coding
Dec 26th, 2017
CPT® 2018 introduces a new Category I code, 55874 Transperineal placement of biodegradable material, peri-prostatic, single or multiple injection(s), including image guidance, when performed to describe the supply and placement of a temporary, biodegradeable implant, marketed as the SpaceOAR System, that is used to reduce rectal injury in men receiving prostate cancer radiation therapy (RT). ...
Overlooking minor changes can be a costly mistake. Within the Surgery section of CPT®, the new year brings just two new Integumentary codes, and deletes a single Musculoskeletal code. Minor changes such as these are easy to overlook, but costly to ignore. Integumentary Updates Fiducial markers serve as radiologic landmarks. Using imaging guidance, each marker ...
In Coding
Apr 1st, 2014
Familiarize yourself with new image-guided percutaneous fluid collection drainage codes, understand the rules, and apply them to scenarios. By Terri Brame, MBA, CHC, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CGSC A review led by the American Medical Association’s CPT® Editorial Panel last year showed that codes for the surgical portion of percutaneous fluid drainage procedures were being reported ...
In Coding
Jan 1st, 2014
Proper reporting requires modifier and radiological guidance knowledge.  by Thangaraj Arunachalam, CPC Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, or SI joint block, is used primarily either to diagnose or to treat low-back pain, and/or sciatica associated with SI joint dysfunction. Coding for this procedure is relatively straightforward, if you consider imaging and/or the proper use of modifier ...
Feb 1st, 2013
2013 CPT® changes for interventional radiology are extensive; here’s where to start. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC The American Medical Association (AMA) was very busy last year, creating 74 new interventional radiology, endovascular, cardiac chamber, and coronary arterial interventional codes for 2013, while deleting 32 codes for many of the same ...