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ICD-10-CM 2018 Posted! Let the Update Games Begin

16. June 2017

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ICD-10-CM 2018 files are up on the CMS site! Here’s a quick overview of what’s coming when the new version goes into effect Oct. 1, 2017. (Looking for PCS? Click here.) Check Changes by the Numbers Based on the files posted, it looks like we’ll be dealing with more than 700 updates: 360 additions 142 […]

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Take a Peek at 2018 ICD-10-PCS Updates

1. June 2017

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It’s only June of 2017, but for coders that means it’s time to start watching for 2018 updates. ICD-10-PCS files are already available for review. This inpatient coding system, which changes to the 2018 version on Oct. 1, 2017, will see 3,562 new codes and 646 deletions for a total of 78,705 codes in the […]

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Update Vaccine Codes Just in January? 4 Changes Prove That’s a Mistake

25. April 2017

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On Friday, SuperCoder blog covered molecular pathology CPT® code updates effective July 1. Today, let’s look at what’s coming our way in July for vaccines. Because why should January 1 have all the update fun? Schedule: The codes we’re discussing here were published on the AMA website on Jan. 1, 2017. They’re effective July 1, […]

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Review What’s New for Tier 2 MoPath Codes in July 2017

21. April 2017

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All of you who have never read the descriptor for a tier 2 molecular pathology procedure code, go check out 81400-81408. Then tip your hat to MoPath coders because those code descriptors are lo-o-o-o-ng. To add to the fun, CPT® releases descriptor changes for these codes more than once a year. The descriptor changes effective […]

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Here’s What’s New in Q2 for CCI, MPFS, and HCPCS

27. March 2017

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It’s almost April! In addition to a potential end to the yellow pine pollen covering every surface outside my home (yours, too?), April means second quarter updates to Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits, fee schedules, and HCPCS. Ready for some highlights? Let’s go! CCI for Moderate Sedation Goes Retro If you read this blog regularly, […]

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Injection Laryngoplasty: Code Correctly, Collect $1,046

20. February 2017

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Hi, otolaryngology coders! Have you been enjoying the new code CPT® 2017 gave you for injection laryngoplasty? Today, let’s take a closer look at 31574 (Laryngoscopy, flexible; with injection[s] for augmentation [e.g., percutaneous, transoral], unilateral). When Will You Use 31574? Injection laryngoplasty is on the rise among ENTs. The procedure involves injecting an augmenting material […]

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Don’t Overlook These 4 Tips for Coding Dialysis Circuit Services in 2017

7. February 2017

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There are pros and cons to getting two full pages of CPT® guidelines on how to use the nine new dialysis circuit codes in 2017. You get lots of helpful information, but the really important pointers risk getting lost in the crowd. Don’t let these gems from the guidelines and code-level notes pass you by. […]

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Lucky Number 3! Don’t Miss This $33 Increase for Intubation Code 31500

31. January 2017

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The 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule estimated a 0 percent impact on total allowed charges for emergency medicine this year. But did you catch the nice boost for 31500 (Intubation, endotracheal, emergency procedure)? Here are the details on that change for those of you who enjoy a nice fee schedule adventure. Catching […]

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CCI Errors: Some Moderate Sedation Pay May Be Delayed Until April

27. January 2017

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  Seeing the new 2017 moderate sedation codes appear among the 99,490 new National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI or CCI) edits wasn’t really a surprise, but a handful of those edits just might cause you some headaches all the same. The culprit? Modifier indicators. The good news? There should be a correction in the next […]

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HCPCS 2017: Which Supplies & Services Made the Leap Away From C Codes?

20. January 2017

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In the world of HCPCS, C codes are a special bunch. CMS initially created C codes for use on Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System claims, but rule changes now allow a limited number of other providers to use the codes, too, such as Critical Access Hospitals and Indian Health Service hospitals. Restrictions on reporting C […]

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