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Neurology & Pain Management Coding Alert – an AAPC eNewsletter

Coding injection services can hurt. First, you have the CPT® coding, then the appropriate diagnosis code, and finally, the drug supply codes — all of which can give even veteran coders headaches. But we can take the sting out of reporting injection services.

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Keep Your Neurology and Pain Management Claims on Track

From showing you how to report trigger point and carpal tunnel injections to providing practical coding advice for extremity needle EMGs, TAP blocks, chemodenervation, lumbar punctures, and pain relief, this trusted e-Newsletter delivers the expert coding tutorials you need to optimize your reporting and reimbursement.

Every month our experts break down challenges related to code selection, modifier use, medical necessity, and NCCI edits affecting your top CPT® and HCPCS codes. Stay on top of federal regulations, payer policies, the fee schedule, the OIG watch list, and more. 

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Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

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Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

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Anesthesia Coding Alert


Cardiology Coding Alert


E/M Coding Alert


ED Coding Alert


Gastroenterology Coding Alert


General Surgery Coding Alert


ICD-10 Coding Alert


Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert


Neurosurgery Coding Alert


Ob-gyn Coding Alert


Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert


Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert


Orthopedic Coding Alert


Otolaryngology Coding Alert


Path/Lab Coding Alert


Pediatric Coding Alert


Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert


Primary Care Coding Alert


Pulmonology Coding Alert


Radiology Coding Alert


Urology Coding Alert



Health Information Compliance Alert


Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement


Part B Insider


Practice Management Alert



Home Care Week


Hospice Insider


MDS Alert


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Do you know the difference between intermediate and major joints? Patients reporting to the PM specialist for treatment of certain painful conditions will often undergo a therapeutic procedure using a needle. These can be injections or aspirations, and they’ll often include some tricky coding decisions. Such as: Some payers might not cover certain aspiration procedures, while others will. Choosing the [...]

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Here’s why it’s vital to capture work that occurs beyond patient encounters. Every coder knows counting face-to-face time with patients is essential to accurately reporting each of your provider’s evaluation and management (E/M) services correctly. However, just as important is what goes on when patient and provider aren’t face-to-face. Providers also spend a lot of time doing the behind-the-scenes work [...]

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Here’s why you can’t classify all sleep studies as polysomnography. You can increase your coding accuracy for facility-based outpatient sleep studies by understanding a few basics about the services, codes, and modifiers involved. Here’s what they are: Sleep studies and polysomnography (PSM) refer to continuous and simultaneous monitoring and recording of various physiological and pathophysiological parameters of sleep for six [...]

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Question: Encounter notes indicate that the provider performed an office evaluation and management (E/M) service that included low-level medical decision making (MDM) and lasted 35 minutes. The patient had a diagnosis of “dyskinetic CP.” How should I report this encounter? Michigan Subscriber Answer: The E/M answer will depend on the patient’s status. If they were new, report 99203 (Office or other outpatient [...]

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Question: Notes indicate that the provider performed a short-latency somatosensory evoked potential study in the patient’s left arm. How should I report this encounter? New Hampshire Subscriber Answer: You should probably check with the payer on this one. The code for upper limb short-latency somatosensory evoked potential study is 95925 (Short-latency somatosensory evoked potential study, stimulation of any/all peripheral nerves or skin [...]

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Question: Encounter notes indicate that the provider performed the following: “MRI cerv. spinal canal w/contrast …MRI thor. Spinal canal no contrast.” Should I report 72141 x 2 for this service? AAPC Forum Subscriber Answer: No, you should not follow that reporting path. MRI primer: The code set for spinal canal MRIs is deeper than you might expect. It has codes broken down [...]

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