Part 3: Understand the changes affecting neuro-interventional procedures. For 2016, the biggest CPT® coding changes affecting interventional radiology occur within the subspecialties of urinary, biliary, and neurologic intervention. In March, we covered urinary intervention and in April we covered percutaneous biliary interventional coding. This month, we’ll finish our series by focusing on transca...
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Jul 18th, 2014
When coding for treatment of intracranial aneurysm, you must select between codes describing “simple” aneurysm and “complex” aneurysm, as follows: 61697 Surgery of complex intracranial aneurysm, intracranial approach; carotid circulation 61698 Surgery of complex intracranial aneurysm, intracranial approach; vertebrobasilar circulation 61700 Surgery of simple intracranial aneurysm, intracranial appr...
May 1st, 2012
Weed through the guidance to properly append this commonly confused modifier. By G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC, and Rita Von Holtum, CPC-H Nearly 18 months since its introduction at the American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) 2010 CPT® Symposium, modifier 33 Preventive service continues to cause confusion. Here, we review eight quick tips that teach you when and ...
Apr 1st, 2008
Here’s What to Do … By Nancy Reading RN, BS, CPC, CPC-I A member recently inquired, “Where can I safely count clubbing of the fingers on physical examination?” This question begs an issue that faces coders every day. We think we know the answer because that’s how we always do it, or that is how ...