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 ...
Mar 1st, 2013
By Anna Barnes, CPC, CEMC, CGSCS Consider patient history and reason for the visit for accurate diagnosis coding. The advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased patient access to a greater number of preventative services. Physicians and patients have both benefited from this new law. Patient disease processes are being diagnosed at an ...
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 ...