AAPC member Yvonne Mocovich, SPHR, CPC, CPCP, was recently interviewed in an article by HealthLeaders Media discussing the upcoming ICD-10 implementation. The article shares the varying positions on healthcare update. Mocovich expressed support for the Oct 1, 2015 implementation date stating, “It brings us in line with the rest of the world (that uses CPT® ...
Dec 14th, 2009
Wondering what CPT® 2010 holds in store for laboratory and pathology coding? “From chemistry to surgical pathology, you’ll find new codes in CPT 2010 that you need to know,” Peggy Slagle, CPC, billing compliance coordinator at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha recently told Pathology/Lab Coding Alert. Fifteen to be precise. In the Chemistry subsection, look ...
In CMS
Nov 30th, 2009
Urology coders have to contend with a few changes the American Medical Association (AMA) has made to urodynamics coding for 2010. In the Urodynamics section of CPT® 2010, the AMA has added three new codes and removed two. The three new codes are as follows: CPT® Code Description 51727 Complex cystometrogram (ie, calibrated electronic equipment); with ...
In Coding
Aug 26th, 2009
Many coders make the wrong ICD-9-CM choice for in-office monitoring of Coumadin use, according to an article posted on Coding News. Read what the editor says will help you support medical necessity for warfarin therapy. 1. Put Proper Code to Periodic PT Test “Physicians often use PT [prothrombin time] to assess patient response to the ...
In Coding
Aug 3rd, 2009
In just a few short months—Oct. 1 to be exact—more than 350 new, revised or invalid ICD-9-CM code changes will take effect. Find out what experts in the field are saying is need-to-know information for Urology and Radiology coders. Urology Medical Coding Pro says new ICD-9 code 569.71 Pouchitis is for an infection of the diversionary bowl reservoir. ...