Reading the body of the report thoroughly will help you apply appropriate code combinations and modifiers. To code properly, you must know how to read the body of the operative report. Let’s break down the documentation for a percutaneous diagnostic non-congenital cardiac catheterization to better understand what you must abstract from a report to code ...
Jun 23rd, 2015
In the course of treating a treatment, it may be necessary to repeat the same laboratory test on the same day to obtain subsequent (multiple) test results. Modifier 91 Repeat clinical diagnostic laboratory test is used to indicate that different levels of service were provided for different specimens. The cytopathologic report must be clear as to why ...
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Feb 4th, 2015
Physicians Practice results are in for the 2014 Fee Schedule Survey, showing how much physicians are paid for common services. From around the country, 1613 physician practices participated. Respondents submitted how much they are paid for major diagnostic codes for new and established patients, and for common procedure codes. Private payers do not publicly disclose payment information; however, P...
Jun 11th, 2014
The American Medical Association (AMA) released on June 6 a handful of new or revised CPT® Category II codes. A change to an existing code under Patient History was implemented January 1, 2014: 1040F  DSM-VTM5* criteria for major depressive disorder documented at the initial evaluation (MDD, MDD ADOL) Under Diagnostic/Screening Processes or Results, two Category II ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS, CCS-P Analyze documentation to understand the intricacies of diagnostic and procedural fracture coding. Because there are so many types of fractures and fracture treatments, appropriate diagnostic and procedural coding is very complex. Obtaining appropriate reimbursement in compliance with payer regulations and coding guidelines requires a thorough analysis of t...