2019 was my first AAPC National Conference since 2008. Although there were many big changes since 2008, a few major differences I noticed particularly were that the size of attendance has quadrupled, and the education quality, as well as the food quality has gone up. One of the coolest additions to HEALTHCON since I first ...
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 ...
May 1st, 2010
By G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC In medicine—and equally so in medical coding—location matters. As such, physician coders must be adept when applying the three modifiers most commonly used to identify more precisely the locations at which a procedure occur: Modifiers 50 Bilateral procedure, LT Left side, and RT Right side. Mirror Image Procedures on ...
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Apr 5th, 2010
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) guidelines state that you can append modifier 50 Bilateral procedure to surgical procedure codes (27215-27218) for pelvis injuries. Bill Medicare for a procedure from this code range with modifier 50 appended, however, and your claim will likely be denied. When CMS and AMA Disagree, How Do You Code? was last modified: Ju...