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Coding 96372 With 90471

Question:
During an office visit, our nurse administered a B12 injection and a flu shot to an established patient. Can we code for both injections in addition to the office visit? (Illinois Subscriber)

Answer:
The answer depends on the circumstances. …

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Flu Vaccines: Replace 90658 by new Q codes

Your vaccine coding in 2011 will be anything but dull, thanks to changes in codes and administration reporting. Two more updates every FP should know involve new Q codes for some Medicare flu vaccines and expanded ages for adolescent vaccine counseling.

Nix 90658 in 2011

CMS has created new HCPCS codes and payment allowances to replace 90658 (Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use). Medicare will no longer pay for 90658 effective Jan. 1, 2011, so choose from the new codes instead, based on the specific product:

  • Q2035 — Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (Afluria)
  • Q2036 — Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (Flulaval)
  • Q2037 — Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (Fluvirin)
  • Q2038 — Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (Fluzone)
  • Q2039 — Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use (not otherwise specified).

Timing: Codes Q2035-Q2039 went into effect Oct. 1, 2010. You have two choices when filing claims for dates of service from Oct. 1, 2010 until Dec. 31, 2010: bill Medicare immediately with 90658, or hold the claim until Jan. 1, 2011 and file with the appropriate Q code. For vaccines administered after Jan. 1, 2011, only report the applicable Q code.

Explanation: Medicare pays for influenza vaccine based on 95 percent of the average wholesale price. “The products normally classifiable to 90658 have widely varying AWPs,” says Kent J. Moore, manager of…

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Replace 90658 With a Q Code, After Jan. 1

Get ready to change your flu vaccine product code 90658 to one of four Q codes.
For 2010, report 90658 (Influenza virus vaccine, split virus, when administered to individuals 3 years of age and older, for intramuscular use) to signify that your physici…

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CMS Releases Payment Amounts for Flu Shots

Forget about digging through the latest Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and calculating the conversion factor when it comes to determining your Part B reimbursement rate for flu shots. CMS has come out with a handy MLN Matters article explaining this i…

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ICD-9 2011: Avoid H1N1, Fecal Incontinence Denials With 5th Digit Savvy

488.1x Cheat sheet makes fast work of snagging correct code.

Don’t let rumors of few ICD-9 changes in prep for ICD-10 blindside you to top diagnosis changes for 2011. Without the scoop on expansion to the 488, 784, and 787 categories, denials for invalid codes will derail your claims delaying your payments.

In ICD-9 2011, “Codes continue to become more and more specific necessitating a provider to document clearly and thoroughly to allow for selection of the most specific and accurate code,” says Jennifer Swindle, RHIT, CCS-P, CEMC, CFPC, CCP-P, PCS, Director Coding & Compliance Division, PivotHealth, LLC.

Good news: Updating your ICD-9 coding by the Oct. 1, 2010, effective date doesn’t have to be a chore. Start using your new choices in no time flat following these guidelines.

Look at Manifestation When Assigning “Swine Flu” Dx

This fall, when a patient has H1N1 (“swine flu”) pay attention to two details. The medical record will have to identify the correct influenza and you will have to capture the appropriate manifestation to select the codes to the degree of specificity now required, Swindle points out.

With the change “category 488 (Influenza due to certain identified influenza viruses) would mirror the structure of category 487 (Influenza),” according to the Summary of March 2010 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting. The current 488.x sub-category didn’t provide the level of detail that category 487 (Influenza) does.

Change: There will be “tremendous expansion of the H1N1 category,” Swindle explains. ICD-9 2011 deletes 488.0 and 488.1 and adds six new five-digit codes. New codes 488.0x (Influenza due to identified avian influenza virus) and 488.1x (Influenza due to identified novel H1N1 influenza virus) allow you “to uniquely capture pneumonia, other respiratory manifestations, and other manifestations occurring with these types of influenza,” states the summary.

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