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Compare and Contrast 94620 and Its Replacement Codes for Pulmonary Testing

8. December 2017

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Pulmonology coders are saying goodbye to a common pulmonary stress testing code on Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s what’s replacing it, along with some Medicare Physician Fee Schedule details to help you get a better handle on the new codes. Compare the Code Descriptors In 2017, you use 94620 (Pulmonary stress testing; simple (eg, 6-minute walk […]

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Can’t-Miss Corrections to CPT® 2018 Available Now!

4. December 2017

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Time to bring out the red pen and take your CPT® 2018 preparations to the next level! Every detail counts in coding, and that means that after you’ve taken a look at the initial announcements about code changes, you need to dig deeper to make sure you’re aware of corrections, too. The AMA released several […]

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Know What’s New for Neuro Coding in CPT® 2018

30. November 2017

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Nerve repair, neurostimulators, and visual evoked potential testing all face some changes when CPT® 2018 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018. Give your neurology and neurosurgery coding prep a jumpstart with these tips. Watch for Allograft Nerve Repair Option If your practice is on the cutting edge and using nerve allografts for repair, you’ll need to […]

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Home in On the Details in 2018 Ob-gyn Coding

21. November 2017

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Most ob-gyn coders know the mantra—specificity, specificity, specificity. If you want prompt and ethical reimbursement in 2018, though, specificity just got real. Are you up to date on the changes now in effect? Pick a Side with New Sixth Character for Tubal and Ovarian Pregnancies CMS provided some much-needed updates to tubal and ovarian pregnancies […]

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‘Hoo’ Is Performing Photodynamic Therapy? CPT® 2018 Says You’d Better Know

31. October 2017

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Hope you can forgive that bit of Halloween headline fun before we get down to serious coding business! Maybe “‘Witch’ Team Member” would have been more to your liking than “Hoo.” Either way, I bet you are ready for more CPT® 2018 news now. Here’s what you need to know about the photodynamic therapy update […]

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INR Monitoring Code Changes Coming (But Old Faves Could Stick Around, Too)

19. October 2017

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If you code for anticoagulant management — and a lot of folks do — you’ll need to get a handle on some changes headed our way when CPT® 2018 is effective on Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s the scoop. Let’s Start With What’s In and What’s Out for CPT® Out: In CPT® 2018, these two codes […]

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For World Anesthesia Day, Here’s What’s New in CPT® 2018 for 00000-Range Codes

13. October 2017

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October 16 is World Anesthesia Day because the first successful demonstration of ether anesthesia occurred on that date in 1846. Boston dentist William Morton administered the ether to a patient undergoing removal of a neck tumor. Mark me down in the glad-anesthesia-is-available column. In honor of World Anesthesia Day on Monday, let’s look at what’s […]

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Observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Increased Neoplasm Coding Know-How

9. October 2017

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may be familiar with the statistic that roughly one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer. For men, the lifetime risk is about 1 in 1,000. The expansion of male breast cancer diagnosis codes to be as specific to site as female breast cancer codes was […]

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Get the Big Picture With CPT® 2018 Radiology Deletions and Revisions

4. October 2017

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We’ve already talked about new CPT® 2018 codes in an overview (Part 1 and Part 2) and a more specific path/lab post. Now let’s start digging in a little more. Today we’ll look at some of the radiology chapter revisions and deletions related to code additions in CPT® 2018, which is effective on Jan. 1, […]

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Preview What’s New for Path/Lab in CPT® 2018

14. September 2017

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CPT® 2018 news is taking on momentum. Checking out the MPFS 2018 proposed rule offered us a handy preview of new codes coming in CPT® 2018 priced under MPFS. Let’s turn our attention now to what path/lab coders can expect. We’ll focus here on changes where you’ll have more than one new option to choose […]

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