In Billing
Oct 17th, 2014
Modifier 50 Bilateral procedure can sometimes cause confusion because of the seemingly redundant anatomical modifiers RT (right) and LT (left). Although these modifiers may seem interchangeable, they are not. Bilateral surgery is defined as a procedure performed on both sides of the body at the same operative session or on the same day that is ...
In Coding
Jan 1st, 2014
Proper reporting requires modifier and radiological guidance knowledge.  by Thangaraj Arunachalam, CPC Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, or SI joint block, is used primarily either to diagnose or to treat low-back pain, and/or sciatica associated with SI joint dysfunction. Coding for this procedure is relatively straightforward, if you consider imaging and/or the proper use of modifier ...
Jun 1st, 2013
Payers say unbundling of pain management codes is a real problem, and they’re on the lookout for offenders. By Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC The number of providers offering pain management has grown considerably in recent years, with anesthesiologists, in particular, branching out to provide these services. As providers are billing more ...
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 ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...