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Dive Deeper Into CPT® 2019 Updates With a Focus on Revised Descriptors

21. September 2018

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You learned about CPT® 2019 additions in our overview series with Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. But what about revisions? We covered some of those in relation to additions, but here are some more updates that may affect you when the changes are effective Jan. 1, 2019. (These are highlights, not a complete […]

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3 Helpful Hints for Better Subsequent Hospital Care E/M Coding

18. September 2018

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Subsequent hospital care E/M codes 99231-99233 have some oddities that can trip you up if you don’t use these codes often (and even if you do). Improve your E/M coding accuracy by keeping these three pointers in mind. 1. Look for 2 of 3 With Interval History Option The descriptors for 99231, 99232, and 99233 […]

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Finish Your CPT® 2019 Overview With Lab to E/M: Part 3

14. September 2018

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  We’re in the home stretch of our first look at CPT® 2019! Let’s finish strong. Here’s Part 3, the last post in our series on new five-digit Category I CPT® 2019 codes. Don’t forget: Part 1 covers FNA to cardiovascular surgery, and Part 2 covers lymph node biopsy to breast MRI. This is just […]

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New CPT® 2019 Codes From Biopsy to Breast MRI! Part 2

12. September 2018

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CPT® 2019 has so many additions coming, we couldn’t fit them all in one post. Here is the overview of the next bunch so you can start forming your update plans and not miss a beat when you start using the new codes. Reminders: Part 1 covers FNA to cardiovascular surgery. This series of posts […]

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Get Your CPT® 2019 Overview of New Codes Here! Part 1

6. September 2018

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Start your AMA CPT® 2019 update prep with this quick primer on what you can expect when the new code set goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Note: This post will look at new Category I codes with 5 digits (not Cat. III or PLA codes). And remember that the information may change before the […]

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Jumpstart CPT® 2019 Radiology Prep With Editorial Panel Sneak Peek

27. August 2018

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CPT® 2019 radiology codes will be available for review soon, but you can get hints of what’s to come if you know where to look. The CPT® Editorial Panel’s summary documents give a glimpse of what’s been proposed and what’s been accepted, and the ACR has helped narrow the list to those most important to […]

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40650-40654 Myth Buster: Get the Truth Behind 3 Problem Areas for Lip Repair Codes

20. August 2018

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Reimbursement for full-thickness lip-repair codes 40650-40654 ranges from about $300 to $600 on the MPFS, so you want to be sure you use these codes correctly. Watch out for three common myths that can lead to reporting errors for these codes: 40650 (Repair lip, full thickness; vermilion only) 40652 (… up to half vertical height) […]

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Modifier 58 or 78? Master These Confusing Modifiers

13. August 2018

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Knowing when to use modifiers 58 and 78 isn’t easy. Base your choices on this straight-from-Medicare guidance to help ensure cleaner claims. Make Modifier 58 Your Choice for Anticipated Procedures Modifier 58 (Staged or related procedure or service by the same physician or other qualified health care professional during the postoperative period) is the focus […]

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Hot Topic: Get the Scoop on Proposed MPFS 2019 Changes to E/M Coding and Payment

3. August 2018

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The 2019 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) includes some major potential changes to E/M coding and payment in its 665 pages. Major. Here are the highlights. Just remember that what’s below is proposed and may change before the final rule is implemented. Here’s the Big Payment News About Levels 2-5 Let’s get right to […]

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Will You Ace This Gynecology Cervical-Health Coding Quiz?

16. July 2018

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Knowing uterine and cervical anatomy, and the difference between conization and biopsy will go a long way toward helping you with loop electrode excision procedure (LEEP) claims and other gynecology claims. This quiz helps give you a check up on terms and procedures. Read the Questions Here You’ve got two options for this quiz. If […]

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