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 ...
In Coding
Dec 28th, 2016
Question: Is it appropriate to report multiple units of 43268 Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP); with endoscopic retrograde insertion of tube or stent into bile or pancreatic duct if multiple stents are placed during cholangiopancreatography? Answer: Three tips will help you to code correctly. During ERCP, if two or more stents placed in the same duct ...
Jan 6th, 2016
FUJIFILM Medical Systems, USA, Inc. has revised its operations manual for the FUJIFILM ED-530XT duodenoscope. The changes are in response to multiple reports of people being infected with multi-drug resistant bacteria after undergoing Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatogram procedures conducted with the ED-530XT. New Cleaning Guidelines The revisions modify the cleaning and disinfection proces...
Sep 1st, 2014
Understand the differences in flexible and rigid scopes and how they affect code selection. by Shelly Cronin, CPC, CPMA, CPPM, CPC-I, CANPC, CGIC, CGSC   CPT® 2014 brought us significant changes for endoscopy coding, with new subsections and new codes. A major change was the separation of procedures performed via flexible and rigid scopes. An ...
Nov 1st, 2013
Key terms in the report will help you code. by Jeanne L.L. Plouffe, AS, CPC, CGSC The gallbladder is a glandular sac located under the liver. It’s primary function is to store and concentrate bile produced by the liver. Before a meal, the gallbladder is filled with bile, enlarging to the size of a small ...