Utilize all the code sets, plus modifiers, to wholly capture physicians’ services. By Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CPMA, CRHC, CCS-P Coding for joint arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection can be difficult, but following a few simple rules and pulling your coding resources together can make it easier. CPT® Categorizes Codes Arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection ...
In Coding
May 30th, 2017
During either joint aspiration or injection, imaging guidance may be employed to ensure accurate needle placement. In 2015, CPT® revised existing joint (or bursa) aspiration/injection codes to specify “without ultrasonic guidance,” while adding codes to describe the same procedures with ultrasonic (US) guidance: 20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, t...
In Coding
Jun 1st, 2014
Answer three common uncertainties when reporting joint aspiration and/or injection. Coding is not easy, but some codes seem to cause more than their share of confusion. Based on feedback from Healthcare Business Monthly readers, and what we hear on AAPC Member Forums, one such “problem code” is 20610 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection; major joint or ...
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 ...