Be sure you know the difference between the various types of laparoscopic hysterectomies. In the article “Pinpoint Correct Hysterectomy Coding” (August 2018, pages 16-18), the statement, “… a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal approach — a ‘subset’ of the vaginal approach — in which a scope is inserted via small incisions in the vagina,” is incorrect, and is ...
In Billing
Mar 6th, 2018
Mammography coding for screening mammography furnished to Medicare patients is changed in 2018. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now recognizes three CPT codes, added in 2017. G Codes Out, CPT Codes In Effective for services rendered on or after Jan. 1, 2018, you will no longer use HCPCS Level II codes G0202, G0204, ...
When coding, consider all documented factors such as current and pre-existing conditions, trimester, and age. To capture pregnancy diagnosis codes correctly, documentation must specify the type and trimester of the pregnancy, as well as all related, present co-conditions in the mother. It’s not appropriate to use Z34.00 Encounter for supervision of normal first pregnancy, unspecified ...
In Billing
Mar 19th, 2017
The results of a study focused on spontaneous preterm delivery in first-time pregnancies have researchers questioning the usefulness of two screenings physicians commonly performed on pregnant women. After screening more than 9,000 women, routine ultrasound examination of the uterine cervix and fetal fibronectin testing identified only a small proportion of the women who would eventually ...
Despite ICD-9-CM codes being frozen and very few changes to the specialty for CPT® in 2014, diagnosis coding for OB/GYN services still causes some confusion. AAPC’s Education Manager, Glade B. Curtis, MD, MPH, FACOG, CPC, CPPM, CPC-I, COBGC, was recently interviewed for a HCPro article on this subject. According to Dr. Curtis, there are two ...