Jan 1st, 2012
Successfully apply E/M code modifications in several service categories. With the release of CPT® 2012, evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines have been updated to clarify the meaning of “new” vs. “established” patients, and code use has been modified for several service categories. Here’s what you need to know to apply these changes successfully. Three-year Rule ...
Jan 1st, 2012
ICD-10’s implementation on Oct. 1, 2013 will change everything from the way health care providers document services to the way codes are selected, reported, and reimbursed. It forces medical staff to see computers as partners rather than simple tools. The advent of ICD-10 will homogenize practices, requiring all who come in contact with patients and ...
Jan 1st, 2012
New health care regulations may help bring humanity back to medicine. By Lynn S. Berry, PT, CPC A lot has been written lately about the loss of humanism in medicine. In medicine, “humanism” means seeking to understand the patient as a whole person (including the patient’s individual values, goals, and preferences), rather than as a ...
Jan 1st, 2012
Two points can help code these technologically advancing neurosurgery procedures. By Samer K. Elbabaa, MD, FAANS, and G. J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC Coding for intracranial neuroendoscopy is easier if you remember just two important points: 1.  With the exception of endoscopic assist for placement or replacement of ventricular catheter (which is an add-on service), all ...
Jan 1st, 2012
When it comes to these procedure codes, look to technique, approach, method, and timing. By Lynda Vining, CPC When coding tubal sterilization procedures, it’s all about the technique, approach, method, and timing. The code descriptions hold the answers, helping you select the correct CPT® code. For example: Tubal sterilization may be accomplished by several techniques, ...