In Coding
Jan 1st, 2014
Proper reporting requires modifier and radiological guidance knowledge.  by Thangaraj Arunachalam, CPC Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, or SI joint block, is used primarily either to diagnose or to treat low-back pain, and/or sciatica associated with SI joint dysfunction. Coding for this procedure is relatively straightforward, if you consider imaging and/or the proper use of modifier ...
May 1st, 2012
Part 2: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, CHCO, ACS-PM, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 has brought important changes to pain management coding. Last month, in the article “Move Over Obsolete Pain Management Coding,” we reviewed new coding guidance for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection, ...
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 ...
Apr 1st, 2012
Part 1: Make room for the latest in CPT® coding. By Marvel J. Hammer, RN, CPC, CCS-P, PCS, ACS-PM, CHCO, and G.J. Verhovshek, MA, CPC CPT® 2012 brings important changes to pain management coding. In the first of this two-part series, we’ll: Review the revised coding guidelines for sacroiliac (SI) joint injection. Clarify the methodology ...
In Billing
Oct 29th, 2010
First the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said the procedure status indicator change to “Not valid for Medicare purposes” for CPT® code 80101 Drug screen, qualitative; single drug class method was effective April 1, 2010. Then the agency said the effective date was July 1, 2010. And then the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) changed the ...