In Billing
Apr 1st, 2014
For more precise coding, understand underlying causes, anatomy, and new treatment options for obesity.  By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Obesity has become a public health concern in the United States. In 2012, 26.2 percent of Americans were considered to be obese; of this population, 4 percent were considered to be morbidly obese. Body ...
Feb 1st, 2013
Part 2: Catch up on reporting of ablations and newer technology procedures. by David Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC, CCVTC As we learned in Part 1 of this two-part series (see “Changes Plus More Changes for Cardiology in 2013,” page 40-43, January’s Cutting Edge), the new year brings significant changes to cardiology coding. This ...
Mar 1st, 2011
By David B. Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC For 2011, CPT® has given cardiac catheterization (cath) coding an “extreme makeover,” to include: 19 deleted cardiac cath codes (93501, 93508, 93510, 93514, 93524, 93526, 93527, 93528, 93529, 93539-93545, 93555, and 93556) 20 new Category I codes (93451-93464 and 93563-93568) New injection codes and bundling issues ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Each branch of the “family tree” can help you determine additional vessel orders. By Kimberly Engel, CPC Previously, we looked at how best to determine the order of vessels (“In the Journey Through Vessels, Code Destinations, Not Waypoints,” November 2010) and reviewed the basics of catheter placement (“Catheter Location, Not Wire, Decides Proper Interventional Coding,” ...
Feb 1st, 2009
By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC From a coder’s perspective, the heart is made up of chambers, valves, and coronary and pulmonary arteries and veins. Let’s focus on outpatient hospital and physician CPT® coding for diagnostic and interventional coronary arterial procedures. Branch Out Coronary Artery Coding Know-how Anatomically there are two coronary ...