March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States, and the second leading cause among men, according to the American Cancer Society. The average individual has a 4 to 5 percent risk of colorectal cancer in their lifetime. It’s estimated that ...
Aug 19th, 2016
A Comprehensive Error Rate Testing contractor special study of Medicare Part B claims for diagnostic nasal endoscopy, submitted between April and June 2014, showed that most improper payments were due to insufficient documentation. The specific CPT® codes targeted in the study were: 31231 Nasal endoscopy, diagnostic, unilateral or bilateral (separate procedure) 31233 Nasal/sinus endoscopy, diagnost...
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Do your part by knowing the latest coding and billing guidelines. By Renee Dustman Fact No. 1: Colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. (Newly upgraded from second place.) Fact No. 2: Colorectal cancer is highly ...
Sort through the guidance to master use of modifiers PT and 33. By Anna Conlon Barnes, CPC, CEMC, CGSCS When it comes to colonoscopy coding, I keep Medicare rules clear of any commercial payer rules. In our coding department, any patient undergoing a colonoscopy for screening or surveillance with no current symptoms gets either modifier ...
Oct 1st, 2012
By Sarah W. Sebikari, MHA, CPC Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, if all adults 50 and older were screened for colon cancer, we could cut the death rate from this disease in half, saving approximately 25,000 lives each year. Colonoscopy is ...