ICD-10 reporting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) services requires an understanding of common pathologies. When coding pulmonary disease, it helps to understand the underlying disease process. Let’s look at why pulmonary disease occurs and how circumstances affect ICD-10-CM code selection. Categorize Pulmonary Disease Pulmonary disease is divided into two basic categories: obstruct...
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Oct 12th, 2018
With the 2019 CPT® codebook still a few weeks away, there’s news of three new category I CPT® codes to report ultrasound elastography (USE), which will be added to the Radiology Section. Ultrasound elastographyworks on the principle that different tissue types within the body demonstrate different elastic properties. Abnormal tissue (e.g., a neoplasm) is “stiffer” ...
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Sep 28th, 2018
CPT® coding for breast magnetic resonance imaging (breast MRI) has changed completely for 2019. Although we cannot yet report on the final codes and guidelines, information about the changes has surfaced after the AMA announced its release of the new CPT® code set on September 5. To begin, existing breast MRI codes 77058 Magnetic resonance imaging, ...
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Sep 19th, 2018
I started my career in clinical medicine as a physician assistant; however, I found my passion for healthcare business when two local physicians started a diagnostic radiology center and asked me to help. At the time, I did not realize that healthcare is a multi-dimensional business — from setting up billing, coding, and accounts receivables ...
Oct 23rd, 2009
When you open the October 2013 Coding Edge, we’ll be using ICD-10-CM. After more than a decade of false starts and revisions, we are all finally packing for destination ICD-10, which features a new language of an enormous but elegant “smart code” set. For a profession whose members weather weekly reimbursement rules and quarterly code ...