In Coding
Jan 27th, 2015
The CPT® 2015 codebook deleted a familiar breast ultrasound code (76645), while adding two new, more precise codes to describe the same procedure. 76641 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; complete 76642 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; limited Code 76641 describes a ...
In Billing
Oct 17th, 2014
Modifier 50 Bilateral procedure can sometimes cause confusion because of the seemingly redundant anatomical modifiers RT (right) and LT (left). Although these modifiers may seem interchangeable, they are not. Bilateral surgery is defined as a procedure performed on both sides of the body at the same operative session or on the same day that is ...
Jun 1st, 2012
CPT® 2012 revises intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring code usage for surgery. By Gloria Galloway, MD, FAAN Use of intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) has increased over the last decade due to evidence of its role in reducing or preventing the incidence of paralysis or paraparesis in certain types of surgeries. Changes to CPT® 2012 affect codes used ...
Jun 1st, 2012
2012 introduces new codes for both diagnostic and surgical VATS. By Laurette Pitman, RN, CPC-H, CGIC, CCS Due to advances in surgical procedures, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) has an increasing role in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of thoracic disorders that previously required sternotomy or open thoracotomy. Patients who undergo this procedure ...
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 ...