Understanding the procedures and patient scenarios will help you code this evolving specialty. Dialysis access maintenance is one area of interventional radiology coding that always seems to be evolving. This can make it difficult to code these encounters. To be sure you are current with the latest changes, here is a refresher on how to ...
Nov 1st, 2014
Following the rules will ensure proper coding and reimbursement. Cardiac catheterization is performed to diagnose coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, angina (chest pain), congestive heart failure, and certain congenital (present at birth) heart conditions. Ensure your providers are correctly reimbursed for these diagnostic techniques by understanding what these procedures involve and t...
Sep 1st, 2013
Coding diagnostic ophthalmological procedures requires a clear focus on anatomy. By Nancy Clark, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I Numerous tests assist ophthalmologists and optometrists in diagnosing and treating eye diseases. Understanding these procedures will enable you to identify medical necessity. Let’s review several of the more common diagnostic procedures and explore their coding. Extended Ophthalmos...
Mar 1st, 2013
It’s time to re-evaluate your cervico-cerebral imaging coding for new concepts and codes in 2013. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC For 2013, CPT® has developed an entirely new concept and set of codes for imaging of the cervico-cerebral (head and neck) arteries. These codes do not apply to selective venous head and ...
In CMS
Mar 16th, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted April 2012 changes to billing instructions for payment policies implemented in the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). The April 2012 updated Integrated Outpatient Code Editor (I/OCE) and OPPS Pricer will reflect the HCPCS Level II, ambulatory payment classification (APC), HCPCS modifier, and revenue code ...