Jul 1st, 2011
With so much information to sift through, counseling and coding become more challenging than ever. According to the April 2011 Parents Magazine, 40 percent of school age children are behind on their vaccines. Measles, mumps, whooping cough, and other diseases once nearly eradicated in the United States are again on the rise. The culprit is ...
Apr 1st, 2011
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has updated its guidelines for various female screenings and is asking the federal government to back them up. Cystic Fibrosis Screening ACOG recommends preconception and prenatal cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier screening as a routine part of obstetric care. “Because CF is caused by an inherited genetic mutation, carrier screening ...
In Billing
Apr 1st, 2011
How you should report hepatitis B vaccine administration to Medicare patients in an outpatient facility setting has changed. Beginning April 1, Medicare claims processing systems no longer recognize CPT® codes 90471 Immunization administration (includes percutaneous, intradermal, subcutaneous, or intramuscular injections); 1 vaccine (single or combination vaccine/toxoid) and 90472 Immunization adm...
Mar 1st, 2011
By Ken Camilleis, CPC, CPC-I, CMRS For 2011, CPT® codes 90465, 90466, 90467, and 90468—used for reporting immunization administration with counseling—are deleted, and replaced by two new codes: 90460    Immunization administration through 18 years of age via any route of administration, with counseling by physician or other qualified health care professional; first vaccine/toxoid component +90461  ...
Aug 13th, 2010
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is updating its recommendations for the 2010-11 influenza season in the United States in light of data suggesting: increased risk of febrile seizures in children aged 6 months through 4 years following 2010 Fluvax or Fluvax Jr.; higher frequency of reported fever in ...