In Coding
Feb 1st, 2016
1. CPT® add-on codes describe procedures or services that are always provided “in addition to” other, related services or procedures. Add-on codes cannot stand alone as separately reportable services. 2. Add-on codes have no global period assigned. They are instead “included” in the global surgical fee for the primary procedure. 3. Add-on codes are “modifier ...
Throughout the CPT® codebook, you will find designated “add on” codes. AAPC’s Managing Editor G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, recently authored an article for the California Medical Association in which he offers three simple tips to appropriately apply add-on codes. Add-on codes describe procedures or services that are always provided “in addition to” other, related ...
Jun 1st, 2012
CPT® 2012 revises intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring code usage for surgery. By Gloria Galloway, MD, FAAN Use of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) has increased over the last decade due to evidence of its role in reducing or preventing the incidence of paralysis or paraparesis in certain types of surgeries. Changes to CPT® 2012 affect codes used ...
Jun 1st, 2012
2012 introduces new codes for both diagnostic and surgical VATS. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Due to advances in surgical procedures, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has an increasing role in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of thoracic disorders that previously required sternotomy or open thoracotomy. Patients who undergo this procedure ...
Jun 1st, 2012
 Find out the latest on gastroesophageal reflux diagnosis and treatment coding. By Rebecca M. Hovis, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (also called the cardiac sphincter). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ICD-9-CM 530.81 Esophageal reflux, is a ...