Tag Archive | "2018"

CMS Spring News: Check Out Special Enrollment Periods, QPP Resources, and Quarterly Updates

Monday, February 12, 2018

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How are you doing this February? I’m looking at some snow, myself. But these three news pieces from CMS show that spring is right around the corner. Don’t miss these deadlines on MIPS suggestions, special enrollment, and HCPCS Q2 implementation. 1. By March 1: Make Your Voice Heard on MIPS If you’ve got suggestions for […]

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Here’s How New Hysterectomy Code 58575 Compares to Other Code Options

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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We’re coming to the end of Cervical Health Awareness Month, in case you didn’t know. And in a roundabout way, that makes me think of the new 2018 hysterectomy code 58575 (Laparoscopy, surgical, total hysterectomy for resection of malignancy (tumor debulking), with omentectomy including salpingo-oophorectomy, unilateral or bilateral, when performed). How does this new code […]

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CPT® 2018 Quiz: Can You Say Laparoscopic Esophagectomy Three Times Fast?

Friday, January 19, 2018

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Have you mastered which laparoscopic esophagectomy procedures match to the three new options in the CPT® 2018 code set? The descriptors for 43286-43288 are dense, packed with anatomic and surgical terms that sometimes hit the eight-syllable mark. So if you know which terms to look for in your documentation to help narrow down your code […]

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Avoid This $45 Mistake! Know the Difference Between US Codes 76881 and 76882

Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Many specialties provide joint ultrasounds, including radiology, podiatry, and orthopedics. And that means many specialty coders need to know about changes to the descriptors and guidelines for ultrasound (US) codes 76881 and 76882 in the CPT® 2018 code set. Use this quick primer to be sure you’re using these revised codes correctly for 2018 dates […]

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Yea or Nay? See Which QPP 2018 Proposals Came Through in the Final Rule

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Back in July, TCI SuperCoder blog had a post about the proposed 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule, a program established under MACRA. Now that the final rule (with comment period) is out, let’s see how some of those proposals fared. Small Provider Exemption/Low-Volume Threshold Proposal: The proposed rule included adjusting the 2017 low-volume threshold […]

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Compare and Contrast 94620 and Its Replacement Codes for Pulmonary Testing

Friday, December 8, 2017

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Pulmonology coders are saying goodbye to a common pulmonary stress testing code on Jan. 1, 2018. Here’s what’s replacing it, along with some Medicare Physician Fee Schedule details to help you get a better handle on the new codes. Compare the Code Descriptors In 2017, you use 94620 (Pulmonary stress testing; simple (eg, 6-minute walk […]

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Can’t-Miss Corrections to CPT® 2018 Available Now!

Monday, December 4, 2017

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Time to bring out the red pen and take your CPT® 2018 preparations to the next level! Every detail counts in coding, and that means that after you’ve taken a look at the initial announcements about code changes, you need to dig deeper to make sure you’re aware of corrections, too. The AMA released several […]

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Know What’s New for Neuro Coding in CPT® 2018

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Nerve repair, neurostimulators, and visual evoked potential testing all face some changes when CPT® 2018 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018. Give your neurology and neurosurgery coding prep a jumpstart with these tips. Watch for Allograft Nerve Repair Option If your practice is on the cutting edge and using nerve allografts for repair, you’ll need to […]

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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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