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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Skin Substitutes Require G Codes in 2011

When reporting diabetic foot ulcer treatment involving tissue cultured skin substitutes to the lower extremity for a Medicare beneficiary in 2011, you’ll use two temporary G codes.
Providers were concerned about the different global periods for two t…

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Modifiers, not Math, Make Multi-Excision Claims Go

Measuring total removal lengths is a no-no … here’s why.

Your ED physician removes a pair of benign lesions from the patient’s left thigh; you add the repair lengths and code based on those numbers. You’ve coded correctly … right?…

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2010 CPT General Surgery Coding Update: Changes for Lap, Abdominal Repair & Hemorrhoidectomy

Can you find codes in 2010’s resequencing mess? We show you how.
Reporting your general surgeon’s service with an unlisted code means more documentation work and a payment guessing game — that’s why you’ll welcome CPT 2010’s more specific codes.
General surgery can get all the details at this on-demand, specialty-specific audio update. But we won’t keep you in […]

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The ASC Coder’s Resource Guide for 2010

Here’s a quick, handy way to get to all of Medicare’s new rules and reimbursement rates
Ambulatory surgery center coders have a lot to learn for 2010, stressed Joanne Schade-Boyce at the ASC 2010 Coding & Reimbursement Update in Orlando.
It’s absolutely essential that ASC coders study the AMA’s CPT Changes this year, Schade-Boyce recommended. Why? […]

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CPT 2010 Code Selection Chart for Paravertebral Facet Joint Injections

CPT 2010 introduces a slew of new codes for paravertebral facet injections, so why not consult our handy flow chart to help you select the correct code?

© Neurology Coding Alert. To read the full article on the new facet joint injection codes for 2010, download your 2 FREE sample issues here.
Was it painful for you to […]

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Facet Joint Injection Coding for 2010

Marvel Hammer’s Quick Start Guide to changes you’ll face in 2010.
Tons of pain management coders gathered at the Orlando conference this week, and everyone was abuzz about the coding changes the painful reimbursement cuts their practices are going to get next year.
Some big news: Effective January 1, 2010 radiological imaging will be required and bundled […]

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CPT 2010 Update: Tally Up Common Audiology Code Groups Into Single Codes

Plus, add this new tympanometry code to your cache next year.
One of CPT 2010’s initiatives is to move several codes typically performed together into one code. Check out these new audiology testing codes and understand the rationale before Jan. 1 hits.
For instance, if your physician performs a vestibular evaluation in 2010, you will report new […]

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Celebrate CT Colonography’s 2010 Move to Category I

But don’t assume the new codes will yield improved fees.

Virtual colonoscopy coverage may be a mixed bag, but the AMA showed some confidence in the service by moving its codes from temporary Category III status to full-fledged Category I in 2010.
The switch from Category III to Category I does offer some hope of better reimbursement […]

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Urology CPT 2010: 3 New Codes, 2 Deletions Change Your Urodynamics Coding

Urodynamics income will go down by half, experts calculate.
You will have three new urodynamics codes to learn starting Jan. 1. CPT 2010 adds the following codes:
• 51727 — Complex cystometrogram (ie, calibrated electronic equipment); with urethral pressure profile studies (ie, urethral closure pressure profile), any technique
• 51728 — … with voiding pressure studies (ie, bladder voiding pressure), any technique
• 51729 — … […]

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Dawn in Chicago. And a new day for consult coding.

AMA Symposium Report: Low-Level Consult Reporting in 2010

Hey, Coding News readers! It’s your turn to weigh in on the consult controversy.
Question: What should you do for Medicare 2010 coding if an inpatient consult on a patient’s initial hospital day does not support 99221?
Answer: Kenneth Simon, MD, MBA, FACS, CMS, senior medical officer at the CPT symposium was very adamant that you […]

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PQRI: No Coumadin Due to Fall Risk

Plus, experts at the AMA meeting in Chicago tell you what to do if you can’t get H1N1 vaccine for PQRI Measure 110 or other vaccine measures.
Question: My internist decided not to put a patient on Coumadin because the patient has a higher risk of falling than from having a stroke. Our group participates in […]

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From the AMA in Chicago: CPT 2010 Out of Order Codes

Here’s where you can find a full list of resequenced codes.
Notice that new sign in your CPT book? No, that hash mark’s not to delete a message or to sign into a conference; it’s to alert you to an out of order code.
The “#” works like a flashing yellow light: Slow down, there might be […]

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CPT 2010 Update: Non-Face-to-Face Prolonged Services

New Year’s hats & horns for looser guidelines that let you count work spread over days.
Groaning thinking of all the time you’ll never capture for complex cases requiring extensive pre-visit time? CPT 2010 brings you hope.
Extensive guideline revisions “liberalize prolonged non-face-to-face services codes,” reports Richard Tuck, MD, FAAP, pediatrician at PrimeCare of Southeastern Ohio in […]

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