Tag Archive | "2018"

For World Anesthesia Day, Here’s What’s New in CPT® 2018 for 00000-Range Codes

Friday, October 13, 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

Wednesday, October 4, 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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Preview What’s New for Path/Lab in CPT® 2018

Thursday, September 14, 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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ICD-10-CM 2018: Focus on Partial and Complete for Intestinal Obstruction Coding Updates

Monday, September 11, 2017

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Intestinal obstruction coding changes are coming October 1 with ICD-10-CM 2018, meaning you need to be sure your documentation can stand up to new requirements. Here are some tips from General Surgery Coder to help you on your way. But first: For those of you with patients affected by recent hurricanes, the CDC has posted […]

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Are These ASCQR Resources on Your List?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program affects Medicare reimbursement for ASCs. In short, ASCs have to meet administrative, data collection, and data submission requirements to avoid a payment reduction. Here’s a look at some ASCQR resources recently listed in Outpatient Facility Coding Alert. 1. CMS ASCQR Page The CMS ASCQR page links to […]

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ICD-10-CM 2018: Succeed at Heart Failure Coding With This New Note Walk-Through

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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We’re in the home stretch for ICD-10-CM 2018 prep, with about a month to go. We’ve covered the Official Guidelines, but you need to review the new instructions in the code set that come with code revisions, too. Case in point: Let’s take a closer look at the notes you’ll find with the updated diagnosis […]

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Part 2: What Does the MPFS Proposed Rule Reveal About CPT® 2018?

Tuesday, August 29, 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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Pair These ICD-10 2018 Official Guideline Updates With Their Code Set Counterparts

Friday, August 18, 2017

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The ICD-10-CM 2018 Official Guidelines are out and ready for review. When you check through the new OGs for changes, take special note of these updates that line up with 2018 code set revisions. Look at Level to Choose ‘In Remission’ Code When you start to apply new codes for substance abuse in remission (you’ll […]

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ICD-10 2018: This Is Why Documenting Site Matters for Undescended-Testicle Coding

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Our initial overview of ICD-10-CM 2018 looked at specialties with a large number of changes. But there are plenty of important changes coming Oct. 1, 2017, that didn’t fit into that quick analysis. Case in point: Urology has some interesting new codes that will be important for anyone who reports services related to congenital undescended […]

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Ups and Downs, MACRA Modifiers, and E/M DGs in MPFS 2018 Proposed Rule

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Part 3 of our proposed rule extravaganza is about the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2018 proposed rule. (Part 1 was QPP and Part 2 was OPPS). Let’s get down to business, checking out some highlights explained in recent issues of Medicare Compliance and Reimbursement. Plusses and Minuses The proposed 2018 conversion factor is 35.99, […]

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