Understanding the procedures and patient scenarios will help you code this evolving specialty. Dialysis access maintenance is one area of interventional radiology coding that always seems to be evolving. This can make it difficult to code these encounters. To be sure you are current with the latest changes, here is a refresher on how to ...
Jul 1st, 2012
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS   Add-on code +15777 Implantation of biologic implant (eg, acellular dermal matrix) for soft tissue reinforcement (eg, breast, trunk) (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure) was added to the “Other Flaps and Grafts” category of the Integumentary System, Repair subheading in CPT® 2012 to describe the ...
May 1st, 2012
Consult guidance when coding these studies to ensure proper reporting. By Lori M. Shore, CPC, RCC Radiology has arguably had more than its share of bundling recently. Computed tomography (CT) scans of certain separate body parts are no longer separately payable; endovascular revascularization studies are now grouped into all-inclusive territories; and several renal angiography procedures ...
Feb 1st, 2012
New, more concise codes facilitate spot-on coding for all components of vascular and nonvascular procedures. By David Zielske, MD, CPC-H, CIRCC, CCC, CCS, RCC Many interventional radiology code changes over the past several years have resulted in the creation of a single code to describe what was previously described with multiple codes. This trend continues ...
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Mar 8th, 2011
By Barbara J. Cobuzzi, MBA, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, CHCC, CENTC CPT® 2011 brings more than a dozen code changes of particular relevance to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) practices. Among the most prominent is the addition of three codes to report endoscopic dilation of the sinus ostia: 31295      Nasal/sinus endoscopy, surgical; with dilation of ...