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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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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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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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Are You a Vaccine Guidelines Ace? Test Yourself

24. January 2017

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Vaccination coding crosses many specialties. See if you’ve got what it takes to code these common services. Answer the questions below based on the CPT® guidelines for vaccine immunization codes. Take the Quiz 1. True or false: You may report vaccine immunization administration codes 90460, 90461, and 90471-90474 in addition to the vaccine and toxoid […]

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3 Things to Know Before Reporting Spine Code 63030

17. January 2017

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$1,012.06. That’s the national Medicare rate for lumbar laminotomy code 63030 in January 2017. To help ensure you collect every dollar you deserve (but not a penny more), keep these three tips in mind for proper reporting. 1. Know How to Count Interspaces Watch for the word “interspace” at the end of the descriptor for […]

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Have You Checked the HCPCS Corrections File? Lab Coders, I’m Looking at You

6. January 2017

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If you code for drug testing, retinal prostheses, or seat lift mechanisms, the HCPCS 2017 corrections document has some items of interest aimed directly at you. Where Is the HCPCS Corrections File? The CMS website includes an Alpha-Numeric HCPCS page. You can download the current code set as well as a couple of the past […]

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8 Great Ways to Keep Your 2017 Coding On Target

3. January 2017

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Hello, 2017! The year we’ve been talking about for so long is finally here. Try these eight helpful hints to keep your claims clean and on track from the start. 1. Post Major CPT® Updates Front and Center Long-time coders may remember the days when Medicare offered a 90-day grace period to adjust to new […]

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Quick Q&A to Take Multiple Scope Know-How Up a Notch

30. December 2016

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Happy New Year! We’ve made it to the last SuperCoder blog post for 2016, and what a year it’s been. Sometimes after a whirlwind of chaos, it’s good to get back to the fundamentals. With that in mind, today we’re looking at some simple tips for the next time you’re dealing with the multiple scope […]

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