In Coding
Feb 6th, 2018
Flu season is here, prompting a great deal of confusion about how to code.  I decided to spend some time on the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and other resources to try to clarify the murky in this very sick flu season. Caring for the flu is divided into different parts. It includes the ...
Although you may not think you get paid for it, it’s included in the payment for surgery. In July 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began requiring medical offices with 10 or more practitioners in nine states (Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, and Rhode Island) to report ...
In Coding
Dec 4th, 2017
Code changes affect nearly every specialty. CPT® 2018 introduces over 350 new Category I and III codes changes, as well as revised introductory guidelines, and new and revised parenthetical references. Two areas that have been consistently misinterpreted in the past are revised for more concise coding: (1) international normalized ration (INR) monitoring and education; and ...
Utilize all the code sets, plus modifiers, to wholly capture physicians’ services. By Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CPC-P, CEMC, CPMA, CRHC, CCS-P Coding for joint arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection can be difficult, but following a few simple rules and pulling your coding resources together can make it easier. CPT® Categorizes Codes Arthrocentesis, aspiration, or injection ...
Modifier 25 is not a free pass to bill separately both services. By Ellen Hinkle, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CRC, CEMC, CFPC, CIMC, CSCG, AAPC Fellow Reporting an evaluation and management (E/M) code in addition to an injection administration code is not a given. Specific requirements must be met before you can append modifier 25 Significant, ...