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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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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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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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Are You an Anatomy Ace? This Chemo Quiz Will Tell

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Let’s mix things up today with a little test. An article in Oncology & Hematology Coding Alert about intracavitary chemotherapy made me think about the importance of knowing anatomy when you need to pick an appropriate code. We often think about anatomy with ICD-10-CM codes, but it’s important for CPT® codes, too. That’s the inspiration […]

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Update Vaccine Codes Just in January? 4 Changes Prove That’s a Mistake

Tuesday, April 25, 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

Friday, April 21, 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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Welcome Spring With 3 Laceration Coding Scenarios

Monday, April 10, 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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Injection Laryngoplasty: Code Correctly, Collect $1,046

Monday, February 20, 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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Don’t Overlook These 4 Tips for Coding Dialysis Circuit Services in 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 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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