In CMS
Apr 11th, 2019
Is ambulatory blood pressuring monitoring reasonable and necessary for people with masked hypertension? It has been 18 years since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) (20.19). At the time, ABPM wasn’t even considered for patients diagnosed with hypertension. As such, Medicare ...
In Coding
Dec 11th, 2018
Here’s a hot-off-the-press update from CMS for those who are involved with telehealth — and specifically, telehealth stroke services. CMS Releases New Instructions Just released, MLN Matters Number: MM11043 “Revision of Definition of the Physician Supervision of Diagnostic Procedures, Clarification of DSMT Telehealth Services, and Establishing a Modifier for Expanding the Use of Telehealth fo...
In Coding
Oct 19th, 2018
Codes for peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC) lines will experience a refresh in the 2019 CPT codebook. Existing codes 36568 (younger than age 5) and 36569 (age 5 and older) are revised to report PICC placement without subcutaneous port or pump, and without imaging guidance. Two new codes (one for a patient younger than age 5, ...
In Coding
Oct 12th, 2018
With the 2019 CPT® codebook still a few weeks away, we’re waiting to confirm an anticipated change: new guidelines that allow modifier 63 Procedure performed on infants less than 4 kgs with Medicine/Cardiovascular (90000-series) codes to described increased complexity of procedures performed on patients of less than 4kg. How to Use Modifier 63 When a surgeon ...
Apr 24th, 2009
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To better meet the growing demand in the health care industry for specialty-specific medical coders, AAPC (www.aapc.com) announces that it has redesigned its medical coding specialty certifications. These 18, revamped credentials, which do not require a CPC® as a prerequisite, allow coders to demonstrate their coding expertise in a specialty with unique coding, reimbursement and ...