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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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Work Your Way Through This Vertebroplasty Coding Example

16. March 2017

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When you think of all the bits and pieces a spine includes, it’s no surprise coding for spine services can get complicated. Today we’ll tackle this tough subject by walking through an example from Orthopedic Coding Alert. Here’s the example: The operative note shows bilateral vertebroplasty at vertebrae T10, T11, T12, L1, and L2. Which […]

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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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Modifier 22 Could Help Save This Lap-to-Open Gyn Surgery

15. February 2017

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Whether to code lysis of adhesions during a gynecological procedure is a question that comes up again and again. I’ve talked before about how removing adhesions is generally an expected part of the procedure, but exceptional cases may merit the use of modifier 22 (Increased procedural services) on the surgery code. A new take on […]

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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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