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Mar 7th, 2016
Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy to treat cancer. A small “seed” placed in or near a lesion delivers radiation precisely, to limit radiation exposure to surrounding, healthy tissue. Radiation sources used in high-dose brachytherapy cannot be handled safely, and must be placed by remote control. For 2016, the CPT® codebook introduced a number ...
Your Instant Coding Guide Brachytherapy is a radiation therapy that places a short-range radiation source within the body. In a process known as afterloading, one or more catheters, or the channels of the intracavitary applicator, are placed under guidance at the cancer site(s). The source (radioisotope) is delivered via the catheter or channels. By targeting ...
Jul 11th, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (OPPS/ASC PS) 2014 final rule several HCPCS Level II code changes, which were to be implemented quarterly throughout the year. The July update brings the healthcare community the following code changes:   HCPCS Code ...
Jun 1st, 2012
Before you code, know its basics. By Brenda Edwards, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC When it comes to procedure coding, radiology is a world of its own, unlike either evaluation and management (E/M) encounters or surgery. If you are unfamiliar with radiology, here are some basic things to know before you code. Learn the Language It ...
Feb 25th, 2011
In December’s Coding Edge, we examined the 2011 OIG Work Plan from the perspective of the physician practice (“Center a Work Plan Around 2011 OIG Activities,” pages 44-45). This month, we’ll take a look at items affecting the hospital setting. There are several new items in the hospital section of this year’s Work Plan, as ...