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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
In Billing
Jan 27th, 2012
Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) are fervently updating their local coverage determinations (LCDs) to coincide with 2012 coding changes brought forth by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Highmark Medicare Services, for example, has revised the following LCDs to reflect the annual CPT® and HCPCS Level II code updates, ...
In Coding
Oct 1st, 2010
With OIG keeping a watchful eye on these interventions, be sure your coding is straight and narrow. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC A sharp rise in reporting transforaminal epidural injections in recent years has prompted the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to scrutinize these services as part of its 2010 Work Plan. Keep yourself ...