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CCI Edit: 93454-93461 Note These Column Changes For Correct Cardiology Coding

Correct Coding Initiative version 17.1 brings 11,831 new edit pairs, effective April 1 for physicians. That’s the word from a March 17 announcement by Frank Cohen, principal and senior analyst for the Frank Cohen Group. Here’s a look at the major pointers you need to keep in mind to comply with the new cardiology-related edits, including cardiac catheterization, radiological supervision and interpretation, cardiac rehabilitation, and more.

1. Prevent Denials by Remembering 93454-93461 Are Diagnostic

New edits will prevent you from reporting heart catheter/angiography codes 93454- 93461 (column 2) with the following cardiovascular therapeutic services and procedures (column 1):

  • 92975 — Thrombolysis coronary; by intracoronary infusion, including selective coronary angiography
  • 92980 — Transcatheter placement of an intracoronary stent(s), percutaneous, with or without other therapeutic intervention, any method; single vessel
  • 92982 — Percutaneous transluminal coronary balloon angioplasty; single vessel
  • 92995 — Percutaneous transluminal coronary atherectomy, by mechanical or other method, with or without balloon angioplasty; single vessel.

The 929xx codes in column 1 describe coronary therapies. The 934xx codes in column 2 are diagnostic procedures. You should never use the 934xx diagnostic codes in column 2 to report catheter placement and coronary angiography performed as an integral part of the therapeutic column 1 services.

Opportunity: The edits have a modifier indicator of 1, so you may override them with an appropriate modifier when the procedures are distinct. If you report both codes in the edit pair and don’t append a modifier to the column 2 code, Medicare (and payers applying Medicare rules) will reimburse you for only the column 1 code.

The AMA, via CPT Assistant (April 2005), indicates that you may report a true diagnostic catheterization in addition to the therapeutic procedures described by 92980 and 92982: “These two distinct procedures (diagnostic catheterization and therapeutic procedures), therefore, should…

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CCI UPDATE 97597-97598: CCI Will Correct Debridement Glitch

Hang on to your claims for these wound care management codes.

As most veteran coders know, you can’t report an add-on code unless you report it along with its “parent code” on the same claim. But an NCCI glitch has made it impossible for you to collect for both the debridement add-on code 97598 and its partner code 97597 — creating denied claims and confusion for practices that perform active wound care management. However, a new announcement indicating that the NCCI is fixing the problem should ease your coding angst.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) issued a release on its Web site stating that the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits currently bundle the following two codes together:

97597 — Debridement (eg, high pressure waterjet with/without suction, sharp selective debridement with scissors, scalpel and forceps), open wound, (eg, fibrin, devitalized epidermis and/or dermis, exudate, debris, biofilm), including topical application(s), wound assessment, use of a whirlpool, when performed and instruction(s) for ongoing care, per session, total wound(s) surface area; first 20 sq cm or less
+97598 — …each additional 20 sq cm, or part thereof (List separately in addition to code for primary procedure)

This edit bundle has an indicator of “0,” meaning that no modifier can separate these codes. Fortunately, the APMA caught the error and contacted the NCCI director about it.

“The NCCI is currently working on a solution and recommends that APMA members delay submission of claims reporting combination of CPT 97597 and CPT 97598 until the NCCI replacement file is in place and implemented by CMS,” the APMA’s statement says. “The April 1, 2011 version of NCCI does not contain this edit error.”

The APMA has not yet gotten word on whether Medicare contractors will automatically reprocess claims that were paid in error…

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Aetna Ends Long Term Bundle of 30930 With 30520

A major insurer will now pay for turbinate fracture in addition to septoplasty.  Thanks to advocacy from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgeons (AAO-HNS), Aetna has overturned its coverage position on 30520 and 30930 bille…

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CCI 16.3: Incorporate Injury Repair, Laparoscopy Bundles to Stay Compliant

Version 16.3 of the National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits initiated many new edit pairs on Oct. 1. You’ll need to get to know new edits affecting your small and large bowl injury repairs, open ureterotomy stentings, and diagnostic laparoscopy coding.

Count Bowl, Splenic Injury Repairs With Main Surgery

If your urologist has to perform a small or large bowl repair for an intestinal injury that occurs during an open urological or urogynecological procedure, you’ll likely be facing a new CCI edit dilemma.

CCI bundles column 2 codes 44602 (Suture of small intestine [enterorrhaphy] for perforated ulcer, diverticulum, wound, injury or rupture; single perforation), 44603 (… multiple perforations), 44604 (Suture of large intestine [colorrhaphy] for perforated ulcer, diverticulum, wound, injury or rupture [single or multiple perforations]; without colostomy), and 44605 (… with colostomy) into many of the procedures in the 50010-57280 range.

Silver lining: These edits have a modifier indicator of “1,” which means you can bypass the edits in some clinical circumstances, using a modifier such as 59 (Distinct procedural service). “These bundles indicate that a repair of an inadvertent small or large bowl injury occurring during urological or urogynecological surgery will be included in the primary procedure under most circumstances and should not be billed separately,” says Michael A. Ferragamo, MD, FACS, clinical assistant professor of urology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. “If such an injury does occur and is repaired, the surgeon should  check CCI, version 16.3 edits to determine if their primary procedure is involved in these edits.”

If, during a urological procedure such as a difficult left nephrectomy, an inadvertent splenic injury occurs, resulting in an open splenectomy (38100, Splenectomy; total [separate procedure]), a partial splenectomy (38101, … partial [separate procedure]), or a laparoscopic splenectomy (38120, Laparoscopy, surgical, splenectomy)…

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Ob-gyn Coding: Clue In To These CCI Edits Before You Choose 0193T

Overlooking these new Interstim and hemorrhoid destruction bundles could mean denial headaches.

Don’t let CCI version 16.1’s lack of ob-gyn mutually exclusive edits lull you into a false sense of security. Here’s what you need to know to prevent a denial from landing on your desk.

Payers like Noridian Part B will cover the female stress urinary incontinence treatment code 0193T, but before you submit a 0193T claim, you’ll have to check with the Correct Coding Iniative (CCI) version 16.1’s edits. For instance, as of April 1, the work represented by 0193T will include that of cystourethroscopy codes 52000-52001 and 52281.

1. Look For 0193T in Both the Column 1, Column 2 Position

In 2009, CPT added 0193T (Transurethral, radiofrequency micro-remodeling of the female bladder neck and proximal urethra for stress urinary incontinence) to your possible stress urinary incontinence (SUI) treatment coding options. This code includes the Renessa transurethral collagen radiofrequency denaturation procedure. Ob-gyns typically perform this nonsurgical, minimally invasive alternative for women who have failed other nonsurgical treatments or who aren’t good candidates for surgery.

What happens: The ob-gyn uses controlled heat at low temperatures and targets tissue in the woman’s lower urinary tract. The heat changes the structure of the patient’s natural tissue collagen. This helps the firmness of tissue and improves her continence. Although the ob-gyn may use heat on multiple sites and document multiple cycles, you should report 0193T once to represent all the treatment cycles performed during an encounter.

As of April 1, 0193T will include the work represented by 52000-52001 (Cystourethroscopy …) and 52281 (Cystourethroscopy, with calibration and/or dilation of urethral stricture or stenosis, with or without meatotomy, with or without injection procedure for cystography, male or female).

Reaction: “These edits don’t surprise me at all because 0193T says ‘transurethral’ which implies the…

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2 Reasons to Think Twice Before Reporting 78070 With 78803

Sometimes CCI compliance requires looking beyond the edit pairs.

Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits don’t bundle SPECT (78803) and planar (78070) parathyroid imaging codes, but coding experts often tell you not to code the two together for SPECT and planar parathyroid imaging on the same date.

Add some method to this madness by looking at the information offered by two coding resources, the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) and the NCCI Policy Manual for Medicare Services (CCI Manual).

1. SNM Singles Out 78803

SNM’s online Practice Management Coding Corner features a Q&A that recommends reporting 78070 (Parathyroid imaging) for planar imaging alone, but 78803 (Radiopharmaceutical localization of tumor or distribution of radiopharmaceutical agent[s]; tomographic) for parathyroid SPECT imaging with or without planar, says Jackie Miller, RHIA, CCS-P, CPC, vice president of product development for Coding Metrix Inc. in Powder Springs, Ga.

Support: “Choose the single code that describes the protocol and procedure performed,” states the Q&A, located at SNM “would NOT recommend coding both CPT codes,” the article notes.

2. CCI Makes the Case for SPECT Code

Although there is notyou won’t find any a specific edit bundling 78070 and 78803, CCI does address the SPECT/planar issue in the CCI Manual, says Miller.

CCI Manual, Chapter 9, Section E.2, explains that you may not report a SPECT study and planar study of the same limited area because “Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies represent an enhanced methodology over standard planar nuclear imaging. When a limited anatomic area is studied, there is no additional information procured by obtaining both planar and SPECT studies.”

Bonus tip: The manual indicates you may report both planar and SPECT codes only when the size of the scanned area makes both sets necessary, such as with whole body bone scans with…

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Make Sure You’re Applying Massive Prostate Biopsy, Urethral Dilation Bundlings

Modifier 59 sometimes will rescue your reimbursement.

Just when you’re finally getting a handle on all the 2010 coding changes, here comes round two of the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits. Version 16.1, which took effect April 1, will tie your hands when coding many common urology procedures, including prostate biopsies and urethral dilations.

Heads up: CCI 16.1 includes 2,054 new active pairs and 1,947 modifier changes, says Frank D. Cohen, MPA, MBB, senior analyst with MIT Solutions Inc. in Clearwater, Fla.

“For urology, there will be 78 edit pair additions and two edit pair deletions,” says Michael A. Ferragamo, MD, FACS, clinical assistant professor of urology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.To ensure you get paid appropriately for your urologist’s services this quarter, here’s the rundown of the most important changes.

Say Goodbye to Biopsy with Several Prostate Procedures

You can no longer report prostate biopsy codes 55700 (Biopsy, prostate; needle or punch, single or multiple, any approach) or 55706 (Biopsies, prostate, needle, transperineal, stereotactic template guided saturation sampling, including imaging guidance) with 52630 (Transurethral resection; residual or re-growth of obstructive prostate tissue including control of postoperative bleeding, complete [vasectomy, meatotomy, cystourethroscopy, urethral calibration and/or dilation, and internal urethrotomy are included]). Your payer will reimburse you for 52630 but deny the biopsy codes, and you cannot use a modifier to separate these new edits.

“I have a major issue with the bundling of 55700 and 52630,” laments Alice Kater, CPC, PCS, coder for Urology Associates of South Bend, Ind. Kater says her urologists perform a good number of prostate biopsies transrectally and 55700 is what she uses because the descriptor says “any approach.” When you are performing two separate procedures utilizing two different approaches, how can they be bundled?”

Silver lining: CCI also bundles…

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Avoid Denials With This Lowdown on Newborn CCI Bundles

These edits took effect April 1, so start observing them yesterday.

The latest version of the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) has an edit that family practice coders should note – especially if the practice treats newborn patients.

Get to know the new CCI 16.1 edit and get ready to observe it with this expert breakdown. Check Column 1 on These Hospital E/Ms According to CCI 16.1, these codes are in column 1 of the mutually exclusive edits:

  • 99231 (Subsequent hospital care, per day, for the evaluation and management of a patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: a problem focused interval history; a problem focused examination; medical decision making that is straightforward or of low complexity …)
  • 99232 (… an expanded problem focused interval history; an expanded problem focused examination; medical decision making of moderate complexity …)
  • 99233 (… a detailed interval history; a detailed examination; medical decision making of high complexity …).

Column 2 of these edits includes these codes:

  • 99460 (Initial hospital or birthing center care, per day,for evaluation and management of normal newborn infant)
  • 99461 (Initial care, per day, for evaluation and management of normal newborn infant seen in other than hospital or birthing center)
  • 99462 (Subsequent hospital care, per day. for evaluation and management of normal newborn).

Translation: An FP may not report both normal newborn care and subsequent hospital care for a newborn on the same date of service. If the FP performs normal newborn services (99460-99462) on the same date that the newborn later becomes ill and receives subsequent hospital care (99231-99233), you should only report a code from the 99231-99233 code set, explains Kent Moore, manager of health care financing and delivery systems for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in Leawood, Kan.


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CCI 16.1: This Electrophysiology Edit Deletion Is Official

If you’ve been holding study claims, the time to send them in is here.

Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) version 16.1 has the news you’ve been waiting for.

The latest version, effective April 1, deletes 142 edit pairs, Frank D. Cohen,…

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Put Your Rehab Coding and Billing Knowledge to the Test

This quick quiz will show you where you fall.

Want to stay polished on your coding and billing skills to ensure stellar reimbursement and compliance? Give this quiz a whirl, and then turn to page 21 for the answers —…

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CCI 16.1: Seize the Opportunity to Report 0193T — But Don’t Get Tripped Up By These Edits

Overlooking these new Interstim and hemorrhoid destruction bundles could mean denial headaches.

Payers like Noridian Part B will cover the female stress urinary incontinence treatment code 0193T, but before you submit a 0193T claim, you’ll have to check with the…

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Correct Coding Initiative: ‘Mutually Exclusive’ and ‘Bundled’ Defined

Decipher what column 1/column 2 means in this neurosurgery bundle example.

Question: Would you explain what the differences are between mutually exclusive and “column 1/column 2″ edits that come from the Correct Coding Initiative (CCI)?

Florida Subscriber

Answer: Mutually exclusive…

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Among 2054 Edits, Correct Coding Initiative 16.1 Scraps Cardiology Bundle

Help is here: One troublesome, confusing edit is no longer an issue.

You may still be getting to know your CPT 2010 manual, but the new edition of CCI, effective April1, is already looking to make some code pairings impossible….

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Build a Firm Foundation for Plantar Fasciitis Coding And Get Your Claim Paid

Keep tabs on details to help justify more extensive treatments later.

Plantar fasciitis — a condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful — is the most common form of heel pain and can be treated many different…

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Horizon BCBS Modifier Cut May Threaten Your Income

Upcoming policy change will slash your payments by half.

Big changes are on the horizon if you participate with insurance provider Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of New Jersey.

In a recent memo, BCBS states that effective May 17,…

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Red Alert, Cardiology Coders: Expect EP Study + Ablation Denials Until April 1

CMS won’t fix CCI blunder until version 16.1, to be released in the spring.
If your heart skipped a beat when you saw that January’s Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits bundled catheter ablations with electrophysiology (EP) studies, you weren’t alone.
Good news: CMS has decided to delete the edits retroactively because their addition was a mistake, according […]

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