Tag Archive | "2020"

Know What’s New in the 2020 Medicare NCCI Manual

Monday, January 6, 2020

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Medicare has posted the 2020 National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) manual, with the updates helpfully marked in red, as usual. Here are some hints on what you’ll find in the latest version. Review Radiology Section’s SPECT/Planar and Oncology Updates First up are changes in the radiology services section of the NCCI manual, which you’ll find […]

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What Does the 2020 MPFS Say About Nasal/Sinus Endoscopy Payment?

Monday, December 16, 2019

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The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule states Medicare will apply the special rule for multiple endoscopic procedures to nasal/sinus endoscopy medical codes 31231-31298. In case you don’t have time to wade through the whole long rule, here are the major pointers on this change for otolaryngology coders. The change will be effective […]

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HCPCS 2020: Don’t Miss These 5 C Code Changes for Drugs

Thursday, December 12, 2019

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If you report HCPCS Level II C codes for drugs, there are a handful of changes coming Jan. 1, 2020, that you’ll want to know. Here’s what’s being added and deleted for lefamulin, brexanolone, levoleucovorin, and iodine I-131 iobenguane. Reminder: HCPCS Level II C codes, meaning codes that start with the letter C, were originally […]

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See What’s New for HCPCS Level II J and Q Codes in 2020

Monday, November 18, 2019

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You’re using ICD-10-CM 2020, and you’ve had some time to prepare for CPT® 2020. But now the HCPCS Level II 2020 code set is out for medical coders to review, too! Let’s take a look at some J and Q code changes coming your way Jan. 1, 2020. The Os Have It! Ophthalmology and Oncology […]

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Highlight E/M, Opioid Use Treatment, PAs, and Single-Disease Care in 2020 MPFS Final Rule

Monday, November 11, 2019

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Medicare has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2020. Let’s see how it stacks up against some of the proposals from Medicare that we looked at back in August. Expect Separate Payment for E/M Office Levels in 2021 Even though we’re still in 2019, a lot of us have 2021 E/M coding changes […]

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Get the Scoop on Proposed Medicare Codes for Managing 1 Chronic Condition

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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You’ve got Chronic Care Management (CCM) codes when a patient has multiple chronic conditions to manage, but what about when there’s just one? To help solve the problem, Medicare wants to introduce new codes for Principal Care Management (PCM). Here’s more on that from the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. Start With […]

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6 Tips to Ace CPT® 2020’s New Long-Term EEG Codes

Monday, October 7, 2019

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  CPT® 2020 is overhauling long-term electroencephalography (EEG) coding, as Part 3 of our CPT® update series reported. Read on for more helpful hints to prepare you for the new EEG codes and guidelines, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Tip 1: Replace Resources Featuring These 9595x Codes The 2020 CPT® code set will delete EEG monitoring […]

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Welcome ICD-10-CM 2020! Do You Know the Code Set’s Secret Language?

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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As of Oct. 1, we are officially applying the 2020 ICD-10-CM code set. Get your diagnosis coding year off to a good start by refreshing your knowledge of some of the not-always-obvious terms essential to accurate claims: NEC, NOS, and, with. If you want full details, check Section I. A of the FY2020 “ICD-10-CM Official […]

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Part 3: Master Medicine Code Updates for CPT® 2020

Monday, September 16, 2019

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A lot of specialties will find relevant updates in the Medicine section of CPT® 2020, and we’ve pulled together the can’t-miss news for you here. Tip: If you report EEG, you will certainly want to read on. Don’t forget: You’ll find the E/M and Surgery section updates in Part 1 and the Radiology and Path/Lab […]

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Part 2: Know What’s New in CPT® 2020 for Radiology and Path/Lab

Thursday, September 12, 2019

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You’ve gotten a glimpse at the new E/M and Surgery codes in Part 1 of our CPT® 2020 series. Now let’s dive in to the updates for the Radiology section and the Pathology and Laboratory section. Focus on 4 Areas for Radiology Updates Abdomen X-rays, GI imaging, myocardial imaging, and radiopharmaceutical tumor localization are the […]

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