Coding

Coding

By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jan 19th, 2015
414 Views
Be careful not to apply initial preventive medicine codes (99381-99387) for established patients. A patient who has received any professional service from the provider within the past three years should be treated as an established patient, even if t...
By Brad Ericson
In CMS
Jan 16th, 2015
505 Views
Changes to HCPCS Level II codes and modifiers are as expected as the sunrise, but changes slated to become effective April 1, 2015 are surprisingly few, especially after the nearly 550 changes, effective January 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medica...
By Renee Dustman
Jan 15th, 2015
463 Views
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to leave it up to local contractors to determine coverage of microvolt T-wave alternans (MTWA) testing, using the modified moving average (MMA) method, for the evaluation of Medicare ...
By John Verhovshek
In Coding
Jan 2nd, 2015
1034 Views
The term “blephoraplasty,” precisely defined, “most often means the removal of excess eyelid skin, some orbicularis muscle, and orbital fat,” according to CPT Assistant (May 2004). Blepharoplasty CPT® codes include: 15820 Blepharoplasty, lower eyelid...
By John Verhovshek
In CMS
Jan 2nd, 2015
592 Views
When coding surgical procedures, do not attempt to report separately the insertion of urinary catheters. The “National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual for Medicare Services” specifies, “The Medicare global surgery package includes insertion of...
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