In Coding
Mar 1st, 2010
An agreement between St. Louis-based Covidien and Poland’s Institute of Atomic Energy will help end a shortage of technitium Tc-99m used in nuclear medicine tests that began last year when two aging nuclear reactors were shut down. The drought forced providers and facilities to schedule late night tests (when a supply comes in) or defer tests because ...
In CMS
Dec 14th, 2009
New HCPCS Level II codes have been created for reporting specific drugs and biologicals in 2010. Twenty-three of the new codes are separately payable to ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) for service dates on or after Jan. 1, 2010. In addition, 2009 payment rates for six HCPCS Level II codes have been corrected. January 2010 ASC ...
Feb 1st, 2009
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC HCPCS Level II codes have seen many hundreds of changes for 2009, but you’ll find that the most substantial revisions affect durable medical and drug equipment supply codes. New DME Codes Among the most interesting additions to durable medical equipment (DME) codes are E0656 Segmental pneumatic appliance for use ...
In CMS
Nov 18th, 2008
Hospitals can add to their list of covered services new HCPCS Level II code C9899, Implanted prosthetic device, payable only for inpatients who do not have inpatient coverage, that will be effective for services furnished on or after Jan. 1, 2009. Use form TOB-12X for claims of this nature. This code was missing from an ...
In CMS
Nov 3rd, 2008
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may have posted HCPCS Level II Halloween day, but there is little terrifying in the more than 400 additions, deletions, changes, and administrative adjustments. The file, which will most assuredly be updated by year’s end and is slated to be altered quarterly through next year, included 160 ...