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GI Tract Reporting: When and When Not To Use 91110, 91111

While you know for sure that you can report 91110 and 91111 for capsule study, but knowing just that is not enough to prevent your claims from being denied. We’ll tell you just when it is appropriate to report them  and which modifiers to append.

Reporting a Repeat Procedure with 91110

Sometimes, your gastroenterologist would use a capsule study to image the intraluminal esophagus all the way through the ileum and reaching the colon. In this case, you should report 91110 (Gastrointestinal tract imaging, intraluminal [e.g., capsule endoscopy], esophagus through ileum, with physician interpretation and report).

Let’s take an example. Patient comes in for a capsule endoscopy, but the capsule gets stuck in foodon hour five and visuals cannot be seen past the stomach. The gastroenterologist ends up repeating the procedure to see if she can see the small and large intestine.

First, you would code 91110 and then attach modifier 53 (Discontinued procedure) to indicate that the physician repeated the procedure. If the physician decides not to repeat the procedure, you should append modifier 52 (Reduced services) to reflect that the capsule imaged the patient’s anatomy until it became lodged in the food.

If you plan on repeating a capsule study due to technical problems, it is a good idea to pre-authorize payment for the second study with the carrier. You may need to provide records of the incomplete study.

CPT 91110’s descriptor clearly states the evaluation is from the esophagus to the ileum. The only time this won’t be true is when the gastroenterologist places the pill cam endoscopically for the study, says Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, chief medical officer at Predictive Health LLC in Phoenix. Again in this case, you should attach modifier 52 to 91110.

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Use 3 CPT, Modifier, and ICD-9 Code Pairs to Ace This X-Ray Claim

Decipher why you should include a seconding diagnosis.

Question: A 38-year-old patient presents to the emergency room with complaints of wheezing, coughing, and trouble catching her breath. After the nonphysician practitioner (NPP) performs a problem-focused history, the physician performs a detailed history and exam and discovers focal ronchi. The physician orders a two-view chest x-ray to check for upper respiratory infection (URI) The chest x-ray results reveal acute URI, and the ronchi clears up upon reevaluation. The patient is treated with antibiotics. How should I code this scenario?

Answer:You’ll submit two of each for this claim: CPT codes, modifiers,and ICD-9 codes. On the claim, report the following:

  • 71020 (Radiologic examination, chest, 2 views, frontal and lateral) for the x-ray
  • Modifier 26 (Professional component) appended 71020 to show that you are coding for the physician’s services only
  • 99284 (Emergency department visit for the evaluation and management of a patient, which requires these 3 key components: A detailed history; A detailed examination;and Medical decision making of moderate complexity….) for the E/M
  • Modifier 25 (Significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management service by the same physician on the same day of the procedure or other service) appended to 99284 show that the E/M and the x-rays were separate services
  • 465.9 (Acute upper respiratory infections of multiple or unspecified sites; unspecified site) appended to 71020 and 99284 to represent the patient’s URI
  • 786.7 (Symptoms involving respiratory system and other chest symptoms; abnormal chest sounds) appended to 71020 and 99284 to represent the patient’s focal ronchi.

Secondary Dx decoded: Even though the focal ronchi cleared up on reexamination, you should still include 786.7 on the claim. It will help paint a more lucid portrait of the patient’s condition, and can only strengthen your medical necessity case for the chest-x-ray.

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Hip Injection With Fluoro — Is Coding Both Allowed?

You have two options depending on how the physician performed the procedure.

Question: Our orthopedist administered a hip injection under fluoroscopy. Can I report both codes?

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Answer: You can code both the injection and fluoroscopy, but the correct choices depend on how your physician completed the procedure.

Option 1: If your orthopedist injected radiopaque dye and performed the arthrography concurrently, code the procedure with 27093 (Injection procedure for hip arthrography; without anesthesia).

Option 2: If he completed the guidance and injection as separate procedures, submit 20610 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration, and/or injection; major joint or bursa [e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa]) for the injection. Include 77002 (Fluoroscopic guidance for needle placement [e.g., biopsy, aspiration, injection, localization device]) for the fluoroscopic guidance.

Remember to append modifier 26 (Professional component) to 77002 because your physician performed the service but doesn’t own the fluoroscopy equipment.

SI change: If the physician injects the sacroiliac joint instead of the hip joint, choose either 20610 (Arthrocentesis, aspiration, and/or injection; major joint or bursa [e.g., shoulder, hip, knee joint, subacromial bursa]) or 27096 (Injection procedure for sacroiliac joint, arthrography and/or anesthetic/steroid).

Orthopedic Coding Alert. Editor: Leigh DeLozier, CPC

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93000-93010: Hone Your ECG Coding Skills With 3 Essential Pointers

Grasping 93010’s effect on new vs. established patient status could bring a $58 reward.

Whether you call them ECGs or EKGs, chances are you see a lot of electrocardiograms in your practice. That means that even the tiniest coding errors…

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Audits: HDI RAC Targets TC, Modifier 26 & More

Want to know what RAC contractors will be looking for next? Here’s the link.
Recovery audit contractors (RACs) are working hard to expand their lists of approved issues, and you should keep a close eye on your services in these areas as well.
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ED Coding Education: FAST Exams

Watch It: If you fly through FAST exam coding, you could miss vital info
When your physician performs a FAST (focused assessment by sonography for trauma) examination, be sure to go through the notes slowly or you could miss one of the three common codes.
FAST exam patients are almost always in some physical trauma, which requires […]

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Capture Separate CV Access Radiological Guidance

Don’t miss out on $20 per procedure when your surgeon performs central venous (CV) access device placements.
If your physician uses fluoroscopic or ultrasonic guidance during the placement, you should separately report that service. We’ll show you how and tell you what modifier moves you need to make to prevent denials.
Choose Between +76937 and +77001

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