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Neurosugery Coding: 3 Easy Steps Distinguish Between 61790 & 61791

Anatomy know-how points you in the right direction every time.
How do you tell the difference between 61790 (Creation of lesion by stereotactic method, percutaneous, by neurolytic agent [e.g., alcohol, thermal, electrical, radiofrequency]; gasserian ganglion) and 61791 (… trigeminal medullary tract)?
That’s the question a Neurosurgery Coding Alert reader posed when she wrote, “What is the difference […]

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Ophthalmology Coding: GDX, VF, & Temp Plugs — How Many Modifiers?

Question: A patient came in for a GDX and visual field (VF) tests. During the same visit, the ophthalmologist put in temporary plugs. Can we get paid for all services on the same day? I know the office visit needs a modifier. Do I need to put one on the GDX & VF, too?
Answer: Provided the […]

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Pain Management Coding Update: Facet Joint Injection CPT Changes for 2010

Pain management, anesthesia, orthopedic, physiatry & neurology coders get ready for a facet joint codes shift that preps for ICD-10.
The 2010 version of CPT attempts to organize the facet joint injection codes by deleting 64470-64476 and debuting 64490- 64495 in their place, as follows:
• 64490 — Injection(s), diagnostic or therapeutic agent, paravertebral facet (zygapophyseal) joint (or nerves […]

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Does My E/M Coding Have to Match Hospital’s E/M Coding?

Question: My physician removed a catheter in an outpatient hospital exam room. Should I include this removal as part of the E/M? If E/M is appropriate, will the hospital also report an E/M? And, if so, do the physician and hospital E/M codes need to match?
Answer: You should include simple Foley catheter removal as part […]

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Your New Patient Packet Toolkit

How to use technology to speed up new patient check-in.
Not enough hours in the day? Are you always looking for ways to save time? Many medical offices report that sending out new patient packets in advance of the patient’s visit greatly reduces the number of incidents at patient check-in and saves time.
“Normally, it would take […]

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Closed Treatment of Metatarsal Fracture 28470 – 28475

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Closed Treatment of Hip Dislocation – Codes 27250 – 27252

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Closed Treatment of Fracture Great Toe – Codes 28490

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New CPT Codes for Cardiac CT, Imaging Appear for 2010

Plus: Say goodbye to two perfusion codes.
If you’ve ever wondered whether Medicare actually pays attention to CPT’s Category III codes, the AMA offers an answer with the release of the new codes included in CPT 2010.
First and foremost, CPT will delete the Category III cardiac computed tomography (CT) imaging codes 0144T-0151T and replace them with […]

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Surgical Coding Update: 21930, 21931 & More Debut for CPT 2010

Tumor excision codes get specific. Will surgical oncology practices take a reimbursement hit?
We’re starting to learn what new CPT codes we’ll be using come January 1, 2010. Coding News will keep you posted over the coming weeks, along with analysis from coding experts around the country so that you know what to expect for your practice’s […]

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Does CNS Count as NP for Time-Based Coding?

CNS = NP = PA for CPT, but Check State Law
Question: Does a certified nurse specialist (CNS) count as a nurse practitioner (NP) for reporting 99213 based on time?

Answer: Yes, for CPT purposes, a certified nurse specialist billing under his own provider number counts the same as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. So if […]

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Closed Treatment of Carpometacarpal Other Than Thumb – Codes 26670 – 26675

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Nonphysician Providers and Incident-To: Your Coding Questions Answered

Here’s why you should keep your physicians’ work schedules on file.
Correctly billing your nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) incident-to services means the difference between 85 and 100 percent reimbursement. But if you bill incident-to haphazardly, you’re just waving a red flag at auditors.
And those auditors are jonesin’ to find incident to billing problems. Just check out this […]

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Will a CLIA Waiver Help Our Practice’s Bottom Line?

Question: During a practice meeting last week, the subject of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waivers came up. We are currently not CLIA-waived, and we will discuss it again at next month’s meeting. I was wondering if you could offer any input? Should we apply for a CLIA waiver?
Answer: Whether or not the waiver is […]

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Double Ultrasound Codes Spell Double Trouble With Auditors

Authorities scrutinize medical necessity for 76830 & 76856.
The OIG is watching your ultrasound orders and code combinations — and it doesn’t like what it sees. Take note of these problem spots to keep your claims in the clear.
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