Cardiology Coding Alert

Valve Disorders:
Use This Guide to Navigate Heart Valve Disorders, Repairs
Hint: Make sure you know which valve was involved. During the session “Cardiovascular P... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Heed This Expert Advice to Master Septic Embolisms Coding Challenges
Hint: Always read code first notes. When you report septic embolisms, you must look for i... Read more
E/M:
Learn How to Navigate Office/Outpatient Consultation Coding Next Year
Remember: You can choose a code based on time or MDM. If your cardiologists perform offi... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Dial Into Correct Interrogation Device
Question: My cardiologist evaluated an implantable dual lead defibrillator system fro... Read more
Reader Questions:
Solve CS Lead Scenario With Ease
Question: How should I report a RV PPM upgrade to a BIV that was aborted due to anato... Read more
Reader Questions:
Focus on Age for Appropriate Catheter Code
Question: My cardiologist inserted a central venous access catheter in the patient's ... Read more
Reader Questions:
Documentation Must Specify Certain Details for CTO
Question: My cardiologist made an incision into the patient's femoral artery and inse... Read more
Reader Questions:
Decode Coronary Angiography Case
Question: According to the documentation, my cardiologist selected the right coronary... Read more
CPT®:
Keep Your Revascularization Coding in Stellar Shape With Expert Advice
Know which included services you cannot separately report. In the session “A Look at Pe... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Follow 3 Tips to Conquer Bradycardia Reporting Challenges
Hint: Code R00.1 includes sinus bradycardia. Bradycardia, like many other type of conditi... Read more
Technology:
Make Sure Remote Employees Keep Info HIPAA Compliant in Your Shared Drive
Don't forget to manage version control. As more employees are continuing to work from hom... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Pinpoint Exact Time to Choose Correct Holter Code
Question: What is the appropriate CPT® code to report for Holter monitoring when the reco... Read more
Reader Question:
Break NCCI Edits With Caution
Question: We have a patient with right renal artery stenosis, recurrent diastolic hea... Read more
Reader Question:
Take a Look at This Cardiac Cath Documentation
Question: According to the documentation, after anesthesia was obtained, my cardiolog... Read more
Reader Question:
Report 37187, 37188 for Combined Thrombectomy Technique
Question: My cardiologist accessed the occluded femoral vein through a tiny incision ... Read more
Reader Question:
Focus on Appropriate Angioplasty Code
Question: I have a physician who performed an angioplasty of coronary artery bypass graft ... Read more
Reader Question:
Choose Codes Based on Stented Vessel
Question: I have a physician who did a left heart catheterization, fractional flow re... Read more
CPT® 2023:
Sort Through These Fistula Creation, Revascularization Codes Before Jan. 1 Hits
Remember: Never report add-on codes alone on your claims. When CPT® 2023 becomes effecti... Read more
Hypertension, Part 2:
Master Your Hypertension Coding With These 5 Simple Rules
Hint: Report I27.0 for primary pulmonary hypertension. In Cardiology Coding Alert Volume ... Read more
EHR:
AI Could Help Make Your EHRs More Accurate, Efficient
Hint: AI reduces number of duplicate patient records. Keeping patient medical records, es... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Dial Into Correct Transcatheter Therapy Solution
Question: My cardiologist diagnosed the patient with acute saddle pulmonary embolism ... Read more
Reader Questions:
Observe Appropriate Coronary Angiography Code
Question: My cardiologist performed selective coronary angiography, saphenous vein gr... Read more
Reader Questions:
Resolve This Dilated Cardiomyopathy Scenario
Question: What is cardiomyopathy, and how should I report dilated cardiomyopathy? Ma... Read more
Reader Questions:
Follow This EKG Advice
Question: Do the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines requir... Read more
Atherosclerosis:
Follow 3 Handy Tips to Simplify Your Atherosclerosis Coding
Report 92943 and +92944 for chronic total occlusion. In the session “Cardiovascular Pat... Read more
Hypertension, Part 1:
Answer 6 FAQs to Ensure Clean Hypertension Claims
Hint: Report a secondary code from category N18- when reporting from category I12-. Repor... Read more
MPFS:
Watch Out for Decreased Conversion Factor in 2023 MPFS Proposed Rule
Remember: CMS uses RBRVS to determine how much practitioners will be paid. On July 7, t... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Don’t Forget Modifier on This Holter Monitoring Claim
Question: My cardiologist has been performing Holter monitoring. I see in the code de... Read more
Reader Questions:
Don’t Ignore Medical Record Reviews
Question: Since the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is still ongoing, does our... Read more
Reader Questions:
Consider Timeframe for These Percutaneous Codes
Question: Is there a timeframe for when we can report 92941 versus 92928 or 92920? N... Read more
Reader Questions:
Review Handy Modifier Advice
Question: I'm trying to figure out when to use modifiers 62, 66, 80, and AS. Can you... Read more
EP Study, Part 2:
Find Clarification on Billing Ablation Performed During EP Study
Hint: Report 93650 for simple AV node ablation. In Cardiology Coding Alert, Volume 25, I... Read more
Quiz:
Test Your Pericarditis Knowledge With a Quick Quiz
Report I30.1 for infective pericarditis. When your cardiologist treats heart inflammation... Read more
Billing:
Stay Updated With the Latest Locum Tenens Advice
Hint: Locum tenens is now fee-for-time compensation. During the summer when more physicia... Read more
Reader Questions:
Follow Handy Modifier 22 Advice
Question: I was told documentation for modifier 22 (Increased procedural service) sho... Read more
Reader Questions:
Check NCCI Edits, CPT® Guidelines
Question: Can code +76937 be reported in conjunction with code 93580? AAPC Forum Sub... Read more
Reader Questions:
Find Your 2021 MIPS Score
Question: When are the 2021 MIPS final scores available to view? Texas Subscriber A... Read more
Reader Questions:
Conquer This Coronary Injection Scenario
Question: Per the documentation, my cardiologist introduced a catheter through the pa... Read more
Reader Questions:
Master Shared Service Billing Rules
Question: The physician and the nurse practitioner (NP) both saw a patient during a ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Prep for New 2023 ICD-10-CM Aneurysm Codes
Question: From my research, it looks like we will gain some new aneurysm ICD-10-CM c... Read more
ICD-10-CM 2023:
Get Ready for New Aortic Aneurysm, Atherosclerosis Diagnoses
Hint: You'll see new code I20.2 for refractory angina pectoris. The Centers for Medicare ... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Navigate Common Types of Cardiomyopathy With Expert Advice
Report presence of alcoholism with alcoholic cardiomyopathy. If your cardiologist treats... Read more
Documentation:
Follow 3 Handy Tips to Ensure Medical Records Are Consistent, Current, and Complete
Hint: Don't let providers fall behind in signing off on medical records. If you are not r... Read more
Reader Questions:
Don’t Forget Add-On Code for This Claim
Question: My cardiologist performed a comprehensive electrophysiologic (EP) evaluatio... Read more
Reader Questions:
Heed HIPAA Compliance Rules
Question: At our practice, we take HIPAA compliance very seriously. In fact, we regul... Read more
Reader Questions:
Submit Correct Angioplasty Code on Your Claim
Question: My provider made a small incision through the patient's skin to puncture th... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Check Documentation for ECG Recording Time Length
Question: My cardiologist documented that he applied an electrocardiographic (ECG) re... Read more
CPT®:
Bust 4 Common Holter Monitor Coding Myths to Submit Clean Claims
Educate your physicians about documentation guidelines. If your cardiologist performs Ho... Read more
CPT®:
Conquer Comprehensive EP Study Coding With This Expert Advice
Check whether your cardiologist performed induction or attempted induction of arrythmia. ... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Boost Your MI Expertise With a Quick Quiz
Hint: Do you know the four-week rule? Choosing the appropriate ICD-10-CM code for your c... Read more
Reader Questions:
Evade This PHI Security Mistake
Question: A provider in our practice informed us that they have been sending patient ... Read more
Reader Questions:
Dive Into PCI Situation
Question: My cardiologist made an incision in the patient's arm to access the artery.... Read more
Reader Questions:
Know Which Codes Can’t Be Reported Together
Question: My provider performed a duplex ultrasound scan of the patient's lower extre... Read more
Reader Questions:
Focus on Correct Code for Cath Procedure
Question: My cardiologist performed imaging supervision and interpretation for a coro... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Figure Out This Transcatheter Stent Placement Situation
Question: My cardiologist used an open technique and made an incision in the patient'... Read more
CPT®:
Follow 5 Tips to Learn Whether to Report Global, Component Codes for Holter Monitoring
Append modifier 52 in some instances. You may see cases where your cardiologist uses a Ho... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Conquer All Your Heart Failure ICD-10-CM Coding Conundrums
Hint: Report I50.21 for acute systolic heart failure. Heart failure can be tricky to cod... Read more
Claims:
Sidestep Duplicate Claim Denials by Properly Appending Repeat Modifiers
Always verify the reason the initial claim was denied. If you've ever had issues with s... Read more
Reader Questions:
Apply This Advice When Reviewing Claims
Question: Would it be more efficient, in terms of time and money, to review a percent... Read more
Reader Questions:
Tackle This Pacemaker Electrode Scenario With Ease
Question: My cardiologist created an incision and inserted electrode catheters throug... Read more
Reader Questions:
Understand How to List Patients’ Conditions
Question: We are a little confused about what to include on our claims pertaining to ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Conquer Congenital Heart Cath Coding for Normal Native Connections
Question: The patient has a congenital heart defect, an isolated atrial septal defect... Read more
Thrombectomy:
3 Steps Help You Easily Navigate Mechanical Thrombectomy Claims
Hint: Look to +37186 for secondary arterial mechanical thrombectomy. When your cardiologi... Read more
ICD-10-CM:
Combat Common Atherosclerosis Reporting Challenges With This Expert Advice
Learn which details need to be in documentation for atherosclerotic heart disease with an... Read more
Communications:
Improve Communications Skills by Becoming a Better Listener
Hint: Tone and timing are also important. In the session “A Practical Guide to Client C... Read more
Reader Questions:
Pinpoint Correct Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Code
Question: My cardiologist diagnosed a patient with hypertrophic cardio­myopathy. Wha... Read more
Reader Questions:
Figure Out MDM Puzzle
Question: If a patient has only one chronic problem that is not worsening but is not ... Read more
Reader Questions:
Focus on Impactful Conditions for Dx Coding
Question: When preparing a claim, should you enter the diagnosis code only for the co... Read more
Reader Questions:
See Appropriate Dx Choice for Sinus Bradycardia
Question: My cardiologist diagnosed a patient with sinus bradycardia. Which ICD-10-CM... Read more
Reader Questions:
Decipher This Cardiac Cath Question
Question: My cardiologist introduced a catheter through the patient's skin and moved ... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Differentiate Between Carotid Artery Stenosis Codes
Question: The patient has carotid artery stenosis, so my cardiologist placed an intra... Read more
Congenital Heart Caths:
Submit Clean Congenital Heart Defect Cath Claims With This Expert Advice
Hint: You must know if the native connection is normal or abnormal. In the article, “LA... Read more
Quiz:
6 FAQs Guide Your Tachycardia ICD-10-CM Coding Choices
Hint: Report I47.1 for supraventricular tachycardia. Most coders probably agree that repo... Read more
Physician Engagement:
3 Tips Help You Successfully Engage Physicians in Your Cardiology Practice
Hint: You may have overwhelmed physicians. During the 2021 RISKCON session “Provider En... Read more
Reader Questions:
Dial Into Appropriate Cardiomyopathy Dx Code
Question: My cardiologist documented cardiomyopathy due to drugs and an external agen... Read more
Reader Questions:
Find Out How to Properly Use Modifier 25
Question: Have the modifier 25 rules changed now that the evaluation and management (E/M) ... Read more
Reader Questions:
Tune Into I49.5 for Sick Sinus Syndrome
Question: A patient has sick sinus syndrome. How should I report this diagnosis on m... Read more
You Be the Coder:
See Which Stress Test Code to Report in This Case
Question: My cardiologist performed a complete stress test on a submaximal treadmill. They... Read more
CCI 28.1:
Pay Attention to New Coarctation of Aorta Repair Edits to Submit Clean Claims
Hint: A modifier indicator of “0” means you cannot break an edit. You've learned abou... Read more
Quiz:
Test Yourself When It Comes to Reporting Different Types of Hypotension
Hint: Report I95.1 for orthostatic hypotension. ICD-10-CM offers so many different codes... Read more
Risk Adjustment:
4 Tips Help You Master Risk Adjustment in Your Cardiology Practice
Remember: Not all diagnoses risk adjust. During the 2021 RISKCON session “Risk Adjustme... Read more
Reader Questions:
Learn How HIPAA Relates to Faxed Lab Results
Question: What are the HIPAA rules regarding using a fax to transmit lab test results? Ma... Read more
Reader Questions:
You Only Have 1 Code Choice for NSTEMI
Question: My cardiologist documented a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). Wh... Read more
Reader Questions:
Choose Correct ICD-10-CM Code in This Case
Question: Which ICD-10-CM code should I report for a diagnosis of septic pulmonary embolis... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Identify Type of Arrhythmia to Choose Correct Ablation Code
Question: My cardiologist performed an ablation procedure during the same session as an el... Read more
CPT® 2022:
5 FAQs Help Solve Your Most Pressing CPT® 2022 Cardiology Coding Puzzles
CPT® 2022 will delete codes 93530-93533. With January 1 comes a variety of CPT® 2022-r... Read more
Carotid Artery Atenosis:
Perfect Your Carotid Artery Stenosis Claims With This Expert Advice
Report I65.22 for occlusion and stenosis of the left carotid artery. If a patient has c... Read more
Audits:
Create Strong Audit Program for Physician Services in Your Cardiology Practice
Hint: Choose the time frame for your audit. At the 2021 Regional HEALTHCON session “D... Read more
Reader Questions:
Know When to Use Modifier 24 Appropriately
Question: What are the proper situations to use modifier 24? We are having a debate in th... Read more
Reader Questions:
Rely on I47.9 for Bouveret-Hoffman Syndrome
Question: Which ICD-10-CM code should I report for Bouveret-Hoffman syndrome? Louisi... Read more
Reader Questions:
Associate HFrEF With Systolic Heart Failure
Question: What ICD-10-CM codes should I look to for systolic congestive heart failure... Read more
Reader Questions:
Report Hypertension Dx With Care
Question: Per the medical documentation, my cardiologist diagnosed a patient with pul... Read more
You Be the Coder:
Differentiate Between Daily ECMO Management Vs Daily Overall Management
Question: I'm new to cardiology and I'm confused about the difference between the codes fo... Read more
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