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Learn the ABCs (and Zs) of IUD Coding

30. June 2017

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Intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control are fairly common, but somehow the coding for IUD-related services isn’t as clear-cut as it could be. In today’s post, get to know the codes and a common coding hurdle to watch for. Go Through All the Code Sets to Find the Codes CPT® provides these codes for IUD […]

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Don’t Let EHR Tempt You to Upcode E/M Services

27. June 2017

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EHRs can assist with many aspects of E/M coding (like tracking for coding based on time), but the problem of reporting higher-level E/M codes without medical necessity is still around. A recent article in Ophthalmology Coding Alert discussed the example of a doctor who billed almost all level-four and level-five E/M codes for established patients. […]

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Are You an Anatomy Ace? This Chemo Quiz Will Tell

4. May 2017

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Let’s mix things up today with a little test. An article in Oncology & Hematology Coding Alert about intracavitary chemotherapy made me think about the importance of knowing anatomy when you need to pick an appropriate code. We often think about anatomy with ICD-10-CM codes, but it’s important for CPT® codes, too. That’s the inspiration […]

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Secrets to Subsequent Hospital E/M Coding Success

2. May 2017

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Curious how your use of subsequent hospital visit codes compares to reporting by other practices? Palmetto was curious, too. The Part B MAC took part in developing a Comparative Billing Report (CBR) looking at 99231-99233 billing and payment patterns in 2015 for internal medicine providers. Motivation? Those codes see about a billion dollars in improper […]

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4 Tips Take Your MOCA Coding From ‘Meh’ to Marvelous

28. April 2017

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Move over, unlisted vascular surgery code 37799! That’s what mechanochemical ablation (MOCA) codes 36473 and +36474 said when they became reportable CPT® codes on Jan. 1, 2017. Give your use of these new endovenous ablation codes a check-up with the four pointers below. 1. Read the Descriptors All the Way Through Reading the descriptor is […]

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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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2 Costly Hip Coding Mistakes Corrected

18. April 2017

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With all the hippity hoppity talk this time of year, I have coding for hips on the brain. Might as well go with it and look into some hip coding tips! 1. Watch for Mod 22 Opportunities With Congenital Cases If your surgeon performs hip replacement surgery for a developmental or congenital hip dislocation, there’s […]

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Welcome Spring With 3 Laceration Coding Scenarios

10. April 2017

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The weather is getting warm enough for bare feet, knees, and elbows, and that leaves them more vulnerable to lacerations. Check out these three scenarios to help you choose correct codes for those cuts, powering up your laceration coding skills for spring. Case 1: Don’t Overcode for Bandaging Skinned Knee Suppose an established patient presents […]

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Refresh Your Consult Coding Skills and See Why These Codes Earned a Star

30. March 2017

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Consultations didn’t go the way of the dodo when Medicare decided to stop reimbursing the codes specific to those services. Some private payers still reimburse office and outpatient consult codes 99241-99245 and inpatient consult codes 99251-99255, as long as you follow the rules. Recharge your consult coding batteries with these documentation reminders along with a […]

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