Dec 2nd, 2013
The American Medical Association (AMA) released, Nov. 11, errata and technical corrections updates for CPT® 2013 and 2014. To ensure accurate medical coding, you will need to update your codebooks with these changes. CPT® 2013 Errata There are a handful of corrections and revisions for CPT® 2013, which are effective Jan. 1, 2013. Among them ...
Jun 1st, 2012
 Find out the latest on gastroesophageal reflux diagnosis and treatment coding. By Rebecca M. Hovis, CPC, CPC-P, CGIC Gastroesophageal reflux is the backward flow of the gastric contents into the esophagus due to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (also called the cardiac sphincter). Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ICD-9-CM 530.81 Esophageal reflux, is a ...
Mar 1st, 2011
A shift in paraesophageal hernia thinking changes this year’s CPT®, plus what’s new with esophagus repairs and hemorrhoids. By Marcella Bucknam, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CCC, COBGC, CCS, CCS-P The diaphragm repair and esophagus repair sections of CPT® underwent significant revisions for 2011. These changes reflect a shift in thinking about how paraesophageal hernia repairs ...
In CMS
Apr 14th, 2009
A National Coverage Determination (NCD) issued April 3 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expands coverage of positron emission tomography (PET) scans for the diagnosis and treatment of most solid tumor cancers in Medicare patients and removes the clinical study requirement in some cases. CMS Expands PET Scan Coverage was last modified: ...