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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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ICD-10-CM 2018: Focus on Partial and Complete for Intestinal Obstruction Coding Updates

11. September 2017

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Intestinal obstruction coding changes are coming October 1 with ICD-10-CM 2018, meaning you need to be sure your documentation can stand up to new requirements. Here are some tips from General Surgery Coder to help you on your way. But first: For those of you with patients affected by recent hurricanes, the CDC has posted […]

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Will You Benefit From These MPFS Quarterly Update Changes?

8. September 2017

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Keeping up with quarterly Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates can be tough. One reason is that sometimes the changes are implemented on one date and effective in the past. Confused? Examples can help with that. The changes below have an implementation date of Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, as part of the October quarterly MPFS update. […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Succeed at Heart Failure Coding With This New Note Walk-Through

31. August 2017

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We’re in the home stretch for ICD-10-CM 2018 prep, with about a month to go. We’ve covered the Official Guidelines, but you need to review the new instructions in the code set that come with code revisions, too. Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at the notes you’ll find with the updated diagnosis […]

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Part 2: What Does the MPFS Proposed Rule Reveal About CPT® 2018?

29. August 2017

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Welcome to Part 2 of our look at what we can expect in CPT® 2018 based on what’s discussed in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2018 Proposed Rule. Be sure to read Part 1 to get the complete picture. These are proposed codes, so of course keep checking back for in-depth updates once we start […]

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Part 1: What Does the MPFS Proposed Rule Reveal About CPT® 2018?

27. August 2017

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When the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule comes out, it includes discussions of how to value new codes, and it’s fun to look for insights into the procedure codes that will be coming our way. Let’s take a quick tour of what’s expected for CPT® 2018 based on what’s in the pages of the […]

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Pair These ICD-10 2018 Official Guideline Updates With Their Code Set Counterparts

18. August 2017

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The ICD-10-CM 2018 Official Guidelines are out and ready for review. When you check through the new OGs for changes, take special note of these updates that line up with 2018 code set revisions. Look at Level to Choose ‘In Remission’ Code When you start to apply new codes for substance abuse in remission (you’ll […]

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