My physician performed two trigger point injections in two different muscles. Would it be appropriate to report code 20552 twice for the two injections?
Month: November 2016
What reimbursement should we expect when using the global period modifiers 58, 79 and 78?
I’ve been billing 30465 and 30465-50 for bilateral. I’m having a hard time getting paid on the second side (30465-50). Should I use modifier 59 instead of modifier 50?
In a recent case review you performed for us, you reported CPT code 11981-51 (Insertion, non-biodegradable drug delivery implant) when our physician removed an infected hip prosthesis and placed a non-biodegradable antibiotic-impregnated cement spacer as part of a multi-stage revision. We had not used this code in the past because the prosthesis removal code, 27091, includes the text “with or without insertion of spacer.” Can you explain this further?
My partner mentioned that she heard all our endoscopy codes are being reduced in payment starting January 1, 2017. I don’t know if we can take one more major reduction in reimbursement. Can you clarify this??
Thank you so much for your help in getting 61323 payable for an assistant, we appreciate it! When will this become effective and can we bill retrospectively for services in the past year?
What diagnosis code do we use when we are reconstructing a defect after the Moh’s surgeon, or someone else removed the cancer? When I try to crosswalk the ICD-9-CM open wound code I used to something in ICD-10-CM, it takes me to an S code which is strange because the open wound is not the result of an injury or trauma.
In evaluating an occluded AV graft, I punctured the graft and performed a dialysis circuit venogram, for which I billed 36147. If I had a concern about occlusive disease in the arterial inflow, and performed and documented an arteriogram of the same arm, can I bill a 75710?
Healthcare Business Monthly – November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP CPT® tells us when not to separately report the use of an operating microscope. We’ll tell you when you should. Many otolaryngologists use an operating microscope when performing ear procedures in the operating room. Coders often wonder if it is acceptable to report...
AAOS Now – November 2016 by Kim Pollock, RN, MBA, CPC, CMDP Spine surgeons face a multitude of Current Procedural Terminology ® (CPT) code changes, effective Jan. 1, 2017. This article provides a summary of these changes so practices can get a head start on understanding their implications. A complete listing of changes can be...