In Billing
Nov 10th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized 2018 payments and policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Most notable is the leniency in adopting federally-mandated policies. CMS Finalizes 2018 MPFS Payment and Policy Changes was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Renee Dustman...
In CMS
Jul 17th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a date in mind for implementing the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program for advanced diagnostic imaging services. In the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, CMS proposes Jan. 1, 2019, as the date when ordering professionals would need to consult specified applicable AUC using a qualified clinician ...
In 2015, the CPT® codebook separated joint injections and aspirations into services “with” and “without” image guidance. This year, CPT® has taken a similar approach with spinal injection services. As of Jan. 1, 62310-63219 are deleted, and replaced with: 62320 Injection(s), of diagnostic or therapeutic substance(s) (eg, anesthetic, antispasmodic, opioid, steroid, other solution), not including ...
Amyloid imaging in the Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study is a Medicare-approved coverage with evidence development (CED) procedure. This nuclear medicine procedure uses positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to examine how amyloid plaques (a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease) in the brain help to guide doctors in patient treatment, and whether ...
In Coding
Dec 12th, 2016
Question: Can a physicians code separately for reading X-rays or imaging studies taken elsewhere? For instance, could we report the appropriate X-ray CPT® code with modifier 26 Professional component attached? Answer: If another provider (e.g., hospital radiologist) previously read/interpreted the image, and has issued a report, your physician cannot separately code or be paid for ...