Mar 1st, 2011
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS For 2011, CPT® codes 90465, 90466, 90467, and 90468—used for reporting immunization administration with counseling—are deleted, and replaced by two new codes: 90460    Immunization administration through 18 years of age via any route of administration, with counseling by physician or other qualified health care professional; first vaccine/toxoid component +90461  ...
Apr 1st, 2010
By Lisa Jensen, MHBL, FACMPE, CPC Each year, a team of top disease experts and practice physicians work together to decide what changes will be made to the childhood immunization schedule, which helps protect U.S. children and adults from diseases. The schedule (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm#printable) is evaluated based on the most recent scientific data available. Changes...
Nov 1st, 2007
By Arlene J. Smith, CPC, CCS-P When should you report an immunization code? And how exactly do you decide which codes to use? These are questions every seasoned coder has faced at one point or another. During the immunization process, a patient is exposed to a small amount of a virus or toxin. In response, ...
Mar 1st, 2007
Nancy Reading, RN, BS, CPC Medicare’s modernization act and the 2006 tax relief legislation that rolled back the negative Medicare conversion factor give a temporary reprieve to the “TC” technical component when an independent lab furnishes the pathology services as part of a business arrangement. The stay comes to a close on Dec. 31, 2007, which is quite a lengthy extension given that the ...