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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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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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Straight From the Source: Use Modifier 25 the Right Way With CCI Manual Tips

22. September 2017

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It can be tricky knowing when to append modifier 25 (Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional on the same day of the procedure or other service). More specifically it can be tough to determine whether work performed by a provider amounts to a separate […]

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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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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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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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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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