Jan 1st, 2013
By David B. Dunn, MD, FACS, CIRCC, CPC-H, CCC, CCVTC Part 1: Reporting coronary artery interventions is altered significantly. The new year brings major changes to the Cardiovascular System section in American Medical Association’s (AMA) 2013 CPT®, with several deleted codes and 56 new codes—including 30 CPT® codes, 17 Category III codes, and nine HCPCS ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Judy A. Wilson, CPC, CPC-H, CPCO, CPC-P, CANPC, CPC-I, CMRS A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses an ultrasound transducer positioned on an endoscope and guided into the patient’s esophagus to visualize the heart’s valves and chambers without interference from the ribs or lungs. An anesthesiologist may use TEE as a diagnostic tool to establish conditions ...
Dec 1st, 2011
Complicated pregnancies require optimal care with greater time and risk. By Pamela K. Kostantenaco, LPN, CPC, CMC Maternal-fetal medicine specialists’ practices receive patients by referral, most prominently from obstetricians and gynecologists (OB/GYNs). Patients are generally limited to those with high-risk pregnancies and whose care requires advanced expertise and greater time and risk. Let’s r...
Mar 1st, 2009
Five steps is all you need for modifier 25 claim success. By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC Misuse of modifier 25 Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service is among the most common coding mistakes, costing medical practices millions each year ...
Aug 1st, 2008
By Jim Collins, CPC, CPC-CARDIO, ACS-CA, CHCC Transthoracic echocardiography is an important tool used to assess the structure and function of the heart. Although the test is non-invasive and introduces virtually no risk to the patient, it provides a wealth of information that frequently alters the course of patient management. Echocardiography is one of the ...