My doctor harvested abdominal fat that he then used in the nose to close the area when he did an endoscopic removal of a pituitary tumor (62165). I want to bill 15770, but my doctor thinks the correct code is 20926. What do you recommend?
Month: November 2015
A physician assistant sees a Medicare patient in the emergency room independently. Can this visit be billed under the name and NPI of her supervising physician who did not see the patient?
I just wanted to verify the guidelines for billing cerumen removal (69210). Before, it needed to state that the cerumen was “impacted” to be able to bill CPT 69210. I was just told that guideline has changed and that anything that goes in the body (I’m thinking like a curette to remove cerumen), even if it is not impacted, is now billable. Is this correct?
Since the new diagnosis codes for absence of the breast includes one specifically for bilateral, will modifier 50 (bilateral procedure) still be required on the CPT code? For example, for bilateral breast reconstruction with a tissue expander and biologic implant, we will use Z90.13 for acquired absence of bilateral breasts and nipples for the diagnosis code. Will we still need modifier 50 on the CPT codes 19357 and 15777?
Greenbranch – Nov/Dec 2015 by Cheryl Toth, MBA, and Michael J. Sacopulos, JD Many physicians and practice staff use short messaging service (SMS) text messaging to communicate with patients. But SMS text messaging is unencrypted, insecure, and does not meet HIPAA requirements. In addition, the short and abbreviated nature of text messages creates opportunities for misinterpretation,...