Understanding the procedures and patient scenarios will help you code this evolving specialty. Dialysis access maintenance is one area of interventional radiology coding that always seems to be evolving. This can make it difficult to code these encounters. To be sure you are current with the latest changes, here is a refresher on how to ...
Dec 11th, 2015
First quarter results of the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program show that a number of hospitals are off to a rough start in fiscal year (FY) 2016, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Specifically, 758 out of 3,308 hospitals will incur a 1 percent payment reduction to all Medicare discharges occurring between ...
Have a Coding Quandary? Ask John Q: Can you explain the difference among venipuncture codes 36000 and 36400-36415? A: For routine collection of blood samples by venipuncture, use 36415 Collection of venous blood by venipuncture. Codes 36400-36410 differ from 36415 in that they describe venipuncture that requires a physician’s (or other qualified provider’s) skill to ...
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 ...
Jan 1st, 2013
By David B. Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC, CCVTC Part 1: Reporting coronary artery interventions is altered significantly. The new year brings major changes to the Cardiovascular System section in American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2013 CPT®, with several deleted codes and 56 new codes—including 30 CPT® codes, 17 Category III codes, and nine HCPCS ...