Coding/Billing Tips & Resources


Control of Bleeding: When Is It Separate?

Control of bleeding during surgery is not separately reportable if the bleeding occurs as a result of the surgery itself. Think of this as the, “You break it, you buy it” rule. For example, a surgeon injects epinephrine to control bleeding during a polyp removal (e.g., 45385,Colonoscopy, flexible, proximal to splenic flexure; with removal...

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CPT 97610 Makes the “Sometimes Therapy” List

Replacing Category III code 0183T, new CPT® medicine code 97610 Low frequency, non-contact, non-thermal ultrasound, including topical application(s), when performed, wound assessment, and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per day has been added to Medicare’s list of designated “sometimes therapy” services, effective Jan. 1, 2014...

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California Medical Association: Quick tips for easy “add-on” coding

Throughout the CPT® codebook, you will find designated “add on” codes. AAPC’s Managing Editor G. John Verhovshek, MA, CPC, recently authored an article for the California Medical Association in which he offers three simple tips to appropriately apply add-on codes...

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